Italian Pride Takes Center Stage As Columbus Day Parade Draws The Masses To Midtown

Oct 09, 2018 568

A million people were expected to attend the largest celebration of Italian-American culture in the world as New Yorkers turned out Monday for the 74th annual Columbus Day parade. The pride of the red, white and green was on display as hundreds of thousands of spectators lined the parade route, along with floats and all of the pageantry, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported.

Bob Scarano’s business takes him to a lot of parades, but he said he’s partial to this one. “This is my favorite, obviously,” the Clifton, New Jersey resident said. “It’s great. It really is. You don’t realize how many Italian-Americans there are until you come here and actually take part in this,” Scarano said. The heart of Midtown was shut down Monday for this longstanding New York City tradition. “It’s very exciting. People have big hearts today, excited. They want to share that joy,” said Deborah Garland of Staten Island.

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