The Columbus Day Parade Fills Fifth Avenue with Italian Joy & Pride
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Monday, October 8, 2018 – New York City – By APB Staff Writer:
Fifth Avenue was lit up in green, white and red as thousands filled the streets to celebrate Columbus Day 2018 NYC on Monday.
The NYPD reported no major issues along the parade route, however some participants carried signs attacking the explorer for his actions against indigenous Americans. Some of the protesters shouted in Spanish, calling Columbus a murderer and an evil conqueror.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who marched in the parade with other city and state elected officials, avoided all protests and just celebrated with the thousands that lined the street.
Cuomo’s mother, first lady Matilda Cuomo, and sister, Dr. Margaret Cuomo, the president of the Italian Language Foundation, were the parade’s honorees along with Donna Rapaccioli, the dean of the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University. Guy Chiarello, the president of First Data Corporation, led the parade as its 2018 Grand Marshal.