Columbus Day is here today, October 10, and you know what that means? The annual parade through the streets of New York City is happening again! HollywoodLife.com has you covered if you can’t see the parade IRL. Click through to watch a live stream of the celebration at 12:00pm ET!
Did you know that there’s a Columbus Day parade every year in NYC? It’s a combination of honoring the explorer credited with discovering North America, and celebrating Italian-American heritage. In fact, it’s the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture! So it’s a big deal!
The 2016 parade is expecting 35,000 marchers and over 100 groups, including bands and floats. Nearly one million people are thought to be watching from the sidelines! CLICK HERE TO WATCH A LIVE STREAM OF THE PARADE ONLINE
The parade begins at 12:00pm ET, and goes down Fifth Avenue between 44th and 72nd streets. There will be stunning red carpet performances between 67th and 69th Streets, that you cannot miss! Dozens of high school bands will get to show off their chops, and professional acts from both the United States and Italy will do their thing.
There will even be folk groups performing traditional dances for the crowds at the parade. Sounds amazing! Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer, and it only makes sense that Italian-American heritage be honored the same day that the famed historical figure is remembered each year.
The Columbus Day parade’s Grand Marshal is Robert LaPenta, the Founding General Partner of Aston Capital Partners,; it is hosted by journalist Maria Bartiromo, actor Joe Piscopo and anchors Ken Rosato and Diana Rocco. Famed chef Mario Batali and Land’s End founder Federica Marchionni will be honored during the parade, along with Robert LaPenta.
HollywoodLifers, are you watching the NYC Columbus Day parade from home? Tell us in the comments!