For several days, New York City has celebrated Italy and Italianness on the occasion of Columbus Day 2019.
During the weekend, all the districts organized very participated parades.
On Sunday, H.E. The Ambassador of Italy in the United States Armando Varricchio took part in the traditional ceremony of depositing a wreath at the statue of Christopher Columbus at Columbus Circle, by the National Council of Columbian Associations in Civil Service, in front of a large audience of representatives of the Italian and Italian-American community of New York.
The highlight of the celebrations was the grandiose parade in Manhattan on Monday the 14th: after the solemn Mass in the Cathedral of Saint Patrick, a long procession unraveled along the Fifth Ave, up to the headquarters of the Columbus Citizen Foundation, the organizer of the celebrations. The parade, consisting of over 130 marching groups, was attended by various institutional delegations and representatives of Italian civil and business society, demonstrating the transversality of this occasion.
Among the prominent figures who joined the celebrations were the Gran Marshall 2019 of the Foundation, Massimo Ferragamo, chairman of Ferragamo USA.
This anniversary, in addition to celebrating the courage of the Genoese navigator from whom the day has his name, is an occasion to underline the contribution that Italian immigration has made to the growth and development of the United States and is also the demonstration of the great existing collaboration, at the highest levels, between the various articulations of the city.