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Columbus Day Parade: Everyone Is Italian

Photo Gallery: Faces and Voices of the New York Columbus Day Parade

People waving Italian flags. (Photo Rebecca Katz)

People waving Italian flags. (Photo Rebecca Katz)

Victoria, Michela, Francesca (left to right). Michela: “We live on the upper east side and I have Sicilian heritage so I like so support Italian events here.” Francesca:  “We’re hoping they give out candy.”

Victoria, Michela, Francesca (left to right). Michela: “We live on the upper east side and I have Sicilian heritage so I like so support Italian events here.” Francesca: “We’re hoping they give out candy.”

19. F.L.E.C.O. Federal Law Enforcement on an old Fiat 500.

19. F.L.E.C.O. Federal Law Enforcement on an old Fiat 500.

Carabinieri holding the flag with their motto.

Carabinieri holding the flag with their motto.

Senator Chuck Schumer

Senator Chuck Schumer

Rafael: “I’m Porto Rican. I like the history about Christopher Columbus so I come and participate. I’ve been coming for 17 years and usually there’s more music. I like all of the nationalities that come to celebrate. It’s nice.”

Rafael: “I’m Porto Rican. I like the history about Christopher Columbus so I come and participate. I’ve been coming for 17 years and usually there’s more music. I like all of the nationalities that come to celebrate. It’s nice.”

New York State Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli.

New York State Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli.

The Italian police force has marched with their Lamborghini Huracan, which transports organs and blood all over Italy.

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The Italian police force has marched with their Lamborghini Huracan, which transports organs and blood all over Italy.

Columbus Citizens Foundation Scholarship Recipients.

Columbus Citizens Foundation Scholarship Recipients.

Sarah, Marty, Susan, and Tim (left to right). Marty: “They’re from New York but I live in Florida. Twenty years ago I saw the parade and now I come back every year. It’s relevant to me because I used to sell balloons and Italian feast eggs at parades when Susan, my daughter, was a baby so now I invite my daughter and granddaughter to come with me.”

Sarah, Marty, Susan, and Tim (left to right). Marty: “They’re from New York but I live in Florida. Twenty years ago I saw the parade and now I come back every year. It’s relevant to me because I used to sell balloons and Italian feast eggs at parades when Susan, my daughter, was a baby so now I invite my daughter and granddaughter to come with me.”

West Islip High School Marching Lions. From West Islip, NY.

West Islip High School Marching Lions. From West Islip, NY.

Italian American Police Society of New Jersey, Luke G.

Italian American Police Society of New Jersey, Luke G.

Jurgen. “I’m from South Africa and I’m on a trip in New York. I figured when in New York, do what New Yorkers do and Google said this was going on today.”

Jurgen. “I’m from South Africa and I’m on a trip in New York. I figured when in New York, do what New Yorkers do and Google said this was going on today.”

Generoso Pope Foundation.

Generoso Pope Foundation.

Madeline and Bill buying Italian flags for the parade: “We used to see the Columbus Day Parade every year when we lived here. Now we live in Boston and our children and grandchildren are on one of the floats so we’re excited for it. And we also lived in Italy for two years.”

Madeline and Bill buying Italian flags for the parade: “We used to see the Columbus Day Parade every year when we lived here. Now we live in Boston and our children and grandchildren are on one of the floats so we’re excited for it. And we also lived in Italy for two years.”

Fire Safety New York.

Fire Safety New York.

Andretta Cultural Society from Harrison, NY. Banda Musicale con Majorettes Città di Andretta.

Andretta Cultural Society from Harrison, NY. Banda Musicale con Majorettes Città di Andretta.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.

Daniela (left) and her dad Adrés (right):

Daniela (left) and her dad Adrés (right): "We live close by and I wanted her to see the parade. We like the music. And we’re Columbian and Italian”.

Connetquot High School Thunderbird Marching Band from Bohemia, NY.

Connetquot High School Thunderbird Marching Band from Bohemia, NY.

Saint John’s Prep Schoold.

Saint John’s Prep Schoold.

20. West Islip High School Marching Lions. From West Islip, NY.

20. West Islip High School Marching Lions. From West Islip, NY.

Phil (left) and Bob (right): “We like the parade and we live two blocks away. We just love being here in the sunshine.”

Phil (left) and Bob (right): “We like the parade and we live two blocks away. We just love being here in the sunshine.”

The Italian tricolor is everywhere.

The Italian tricolor is everywhere.

With 35,000 marchers, over 100 groups, including bands, and floats and with thousands of spectators, New York’s Annual Columbus Day Parade is the largest Columbus Day celebration in the Country as well as the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture. Every year the parade brings together people from all over the world.

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