New York City’s 72nd Annual Columbus Day Parade

West Islip High School Marching Band performed at New York City's 72nd Annual Columbus Day Parade.
West Islip High School Marching Band performed at New York City’s 72nd Annual Columbus Day Parade.

New York’s 72nd Annual Columbus Day Parade led by Grand Marshal Robert LaPenta, and Honorees Mario Batali and Federica Marchionni, celebrates Italian-American Heritage.

New York’s Columbus Day Parade is the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture and achievement with over 35,000 participants and 1 million spectators, which marched up Fifth Avenue from 47th street to 72nd street.

Kicking of the celebration was New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill at 47th Street and Fifth Avenue. ¬†Commissioner O’Neill was joined by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

The Columbus Day Parade in New York City is organized by the Columbus Citizens Foundation, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to the celebration of Italian heritage and the creation of opportunities for younger Italian Americans, provided through their scholarship program, which provides assistance to over 700 students annually.

Please follow this link to view a small images I made of the event: Columbus Day 2016.