By: ISDA Staff
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people line Fifth Avenue in New York City for the annual Columbus Day Parade, the largest celebration of Italian-American heritage in the nation, abc7 reports.
But this year, because of restrictions tied to the coronavirus pandemic, the event is going virtual.
“Due to COVID-19, we have decided in the best interests of our members, participants and spectators not to have our parade as usual,” Columbus Citizens Foundation Board Chairman Angelo Vivolo said in a prepared statement. “We will be producing a virtual parade…This has been a year of challenges for our Italian-American community and the country, but I promise we will be back bigger and better next year.”
The event will air on abc7 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 12, 2020. Additional ways to tune in will soon be announced.
Featured appearances include:
- 2020 Grand Marshal Andrew Cuomo
- Maria Bartiromo
- Andrea Bocelli
- ISDA President Basil M. Russo
- Chazz Palminteri
- Mayor LaToya Cantrell of New Orleans
- Lidia Bastianich
- Joe Piscopo
- Al Di Meola
- and many more to be announced!
Setting the record straight on Columbus: