Columbus Day Goes Virtual; Mother Cabrini to be Honored

Oct 07, 2020 977

BY: Paula Katinas

COVID-19 is forcing everyone to change their Columbus Day plans. The Columbus Citizens Foundation, the organization that sponsors the annual parade in Manhattan, recently announced that the march will not be held in person but will instead be a virtual event featuring footage of previous parades and interviews with prominent Italian-Americans.

The virtual parade is scheduled for Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 12. “Due to COVID-19, we have decided in the best interests of our members, participants, and spectators not to have our parade as usual,” Foundation Chairman Angelo Vivolo said in a YouTube video. The Diocese of Brooklyn has had a float for the past eight years, which Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello, vicar for development, usually ride on.

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