|Columbus Circle, New York|
Taking pride in Columbus’ birthplace and faith, Italian and Catholic communities in various parts of the country began organizing annual religious ceremonies and parades in his honor.
In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison issued a proclamation encouraging Americans to mark the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage with patriotic festivities, writing, “On that day let the people, so far as possible, cease from toil and devote themselves to such exercises as may best express honor to the discoverer and their appreciation of the great achievements of the four completed centuries of American life.”
Colorado became the first state to observe an official Columbus Day in 1905. The Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization with more than 1.8 million members had been intensively lobbying the idea of the observation of the Columbus day, and in 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day a national holiday. Before 1971 it was observed October 12. Later on it was fixed to the second Monday in October. Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon, and South Dakota do not recognize Columbus Day at all.
In Italy Columbus Day (Giornata nazionale di Cristoforo Colombo) has been officially celebrated since 2004.
Before the Columbus Day Parade in New York became an institution in 1929, Columbus Circle was the site of an annual wreath laying that commemorated Christopher Columbus’s historic voyage.
In Brooklyn the Federation of Italian American Organizations honored its Italian heritage during Annual Columbus Day Parade that stretched along 18th Avenue-Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard from 61st Street to 84th Street.
|Grand Marshal 2015|
In 1987 Rudolph Giuliani was Grand Marshal, in 1984 - Sophia Loren, in 1980 - Luciano Pavarotti and in 1979 - Frank Sinatra.
|Gov. Cuomo. Parade 2014|
|Mayor De Blasio.|
A troop of classic and contemporary Maserati sports and luxury cars lead Columbus Day Parade. This year Maserati cars are the official mode of transportation along the Parade route.
Il Volo trio, that won Sanremo Music Festival in 2015 and was the third in Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna took part in the 71st Columbus Day Parade in New York City, along the Fifth Avenue. The guys were driven along the way on a Maserati Car.
|Il Volo. Parade 2015|
|Grand Master Masons and Grand Treasurer|