Mother Cabrini float added to Columbus Day Parade in jab at de Blasio

Oct 10, 2019 1722

The Diocese of Brooklyn is adding a float featuring Mother Cabrini to the Columbus Day Parade — a jab at Mayor Bill de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray for snubbing the Italian American icon and saint in a recent statue competition. “We’re a little upset that Mother Cabrini wasn’t included for a statue dedication,” the Diocese’s Monsignor James Gigantiello told The Post. “If the city won’t honor Mother Cabrini, we will will honor her.”

The snub of Saint Frances Cabrini has riled up Big Apple Italian Americans and Catholics, who point out that Cabrini finished first in a citywide vote to determine which women of note should be honored with statues to be erected throughout the five boroughs. However, a group controlled by McCray passed over Cabrini in favor of seven other women.

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