For all of his accolades in the 13th Century, Christopher Columbus has had rough seas here in the 21st Century, as indigenous groups and many in the general public have begun to call for a change to the holiday that tends to skew towards highlighting the Italian culture more than the explorer himself. Add Mayor Carlo DeMaria to the list of defender...

I grew up with family stories.  My maternal great-grandfather, a hard-working immigrant from Abruzzo,  reacted to some now forgotten blow to his honor by hanging himself with his youngest daughter's jump rope in their West Philadelphia basement.  His wife, Philomena, was left to raise eight children, alone.  She suffered another devastating loss wh...

On Oct. 12, 1934, an estimated 40,000 people filled the streets of downtown Syracuse for a Columbus Day parade, followed by the dedication of the city’s Columbus monument. The “abounding panorama of pageantry and joy” featured a mile-long line of marchers, a 500-voice children’s choir and speeches by community leaders, according to the Syracuse Her...

Los Angeles celebrated its inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday with a panoply of events, native dancing, panel discussions, and of course, a lot of food trucks in and around Grand Park in downtown. But there was one persona non grata. At the other end of Grand Park, a statue of the Italian explorer – the focus of a wave of revision on his le...

Big Dave, the clown, woke up early on Sunday to put on his makeup. He colored his long, bushy beard with spray paint in stripes of neon green, pink and purple. His Mickey Mouse T-shirt had been ready since the previous night. He finished the look with a giant yellow bowtie, decorated with red dots, and picked up a colorful flower patterned hat on t...

Historian Rafael Ortiz begins his book, “Christopher Columbus The Hero” with: “If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it; and sadly the lies about Columbus and the anti-Columbus Day movement are growing and becoming mainstream.” It was on Oct. 12, according to the old Julian calendar, that Christopher Columbus landed in the Bahamas a...

La delegazione pugliese guidata dal presidente Michele Emiliano si trasferisce a Washington per iniziare gli incontri istituzionali collegati alla grande cerimonia per il 43esimo Anniversario del Galà NIAF che si terrà sabato: la Puglia è la Regione d’Onore per il 2018 alla National Italian American Foundation, la fondazione che rappresenta gli olt...

Gov. Roy Cooper (D) proclaimed the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day, the day that the federal government has designated as Columbus Day. While the move, whether it’s done by states or cities, such as Asheville, is intended to commemorate the contributions and sacrifices of Native Americans, it does draw some controversy among thos...

The Federation of Italian-American Organizations of Queens held its 41st annual Columbus Day Parade in Astoria last Saturday, marching from Kaufman-Astoria Studios to Columbus Triangle at Astoria Boulevard and 31st Street, at the foot of the statue of the Great Navigator. Scenes from the event, starting at the top left: Dignitaries and invited gues...

Il governatore dello Stato del Texas, Gregg Abbott, seguendo l’esempio del Presidente degli Stati Uniti Donald Trump, nel giorno delle festività del Columbus Day, ha proclamato quello di ottobre come l’Italian American Heritage Month. Ne dà notizia Vincenzo Arcobelli, presidente del Ctim e consigliere del Cgie. “È con molta soddisfazione che nel gi...