Pueblo's annual Columbus Day Celebration continues, despite protests

Oct 12, 2021 491

Columbus Day might not be recognized as an official holiday in Colorado, but this didn't stop the annual celebration from taking place at the statue of Christopher Columbus in Pueblo. The Pueblo Christopher Columbus Piazza celebration has become a rallying point for Indigenous protestors and those who sympathize with the minorities in this country who view Columbus in a negative light. 

"I hope young people take a notice that you have to sometimes protest, that you should say your opinion," said Gloria Martinez, one of the protesters at the ceremony. However, Pueblo's Italian-American population views the holiday as a symbol of pride and part of their heritage. These opposing positions have historically created tension during the ceremony and the days surrounding the event.

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