NYC Columbus Day Parade Going Virtual For All to See on October 12

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Andrea Bocelli, Lidia Bastianich, ISDA President Basil M. Russo and many more will appear in the virtual parade.

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!

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