35,000 marchers. 100 bands, floats and contingents. Almost 1 million spectators. Yup, that’s what is set to kick off at 11:30am on Columbus Day in New York City. The Fifth Annual Columbus Day Parade on Monday is just one of the many events nationwide that will mark Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas.
Columbus Day is celebrated the second Monday of October and officially became a state holiday in Colorado in 1906 and a federal holiday in 1934. While the parade isn’t as big as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York has big plans for Monday:
On October 11, 2010, Fifth Avenue will be transformed during the Columbus Day Parade, the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture. The parade will be led by Grand Marshal Maria Bartiromo. Ms. Bartiromo is the anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” and host and managing editor of the nationally syndicated “The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo.” Honorees included Frank Bisignano, Chief Administratiave Officer, JP Morgan Chase and Jason DeSena Trennert, Founder, Chief Investment Strategist, Strategas Research Partners.
Will you be watching it on TV or do you have to work? The festivities will air on NBC affiliates nationwide between 12pm and 3pm local time.