Although there will be no Morris County Columbus Day Parade this year, the East Hanover Italian American Club will reinforce their commitment to promote Italian pride, heritage and culture by hosting a wreath-laying ceremony at the Townsquare Park on Ridgedale Ave at the Columbus Statue. The event begins at 11 am on Sunday, October 10th. The guest...

About 30 community members joined a virtual community meeting on Sept. 29 to discuss Pittsburgh's Columbus Day Parade that is scheduled for Sat., Oct. 9, in the Bloomfield neighborhood. At the meetings hosted by the Bloomfield Development Corporation, four people were given the chance to address the group, and they shared opinions strongly for and...

The 3rd National Italian American Summit meeting (NIAS 3) will be held Thursday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. EST via Zoom, and we're pleased to announce that Minority House Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), will be the keynote speaker at the virtual event. All are welcome as we advance our culture's most pressing initiatives! During NIAS 3, we will: 1) Unveil a n...

Pittsburgh’s Columbus Day Parade is coming back this year. Scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, organizers say over 100 bands, floats, organizations and businesses will take part. Steelers great Franco Harris will serve as the grand marshal.  It’ll start near West Penn Hospital and head down Liberty Avenue through Bloomfield. The 30-year trad...

Hartford will celebrate its first Indigenous Peoples Day in place of Columbus Day next month, the city council decided Monday in a vote that may set the stage for changes to other city memorials and monuments to the controversial Italian explorer. The Court of Common Council renamed the holiday at the recommendation of a city task force, which repo...

There won’t be a Columbus Day parade again this year, but the region’s Italian Americans plan to celebrate their rich heritage in a new way. “We had to kind of scale back, but we’re praying and hoping” to revive the parade in 2022, said Laura Florio Luzzi, chairwoman of the parade committee. “The town of East Haven is very excited about us coming.”...

The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations (COPOMIAO) has denounced the decision of the New York Times’ Ad Acceptability Team to not run an advertisement promoting the Italian American community’s stance on current rhetoric against Christopher Columbus in advance of the Columbus Day holiday on October 11. The ad, which was...

The City Council is expected to vote Monday on a proposal to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Though the city cannot officially change the holiday since it is a state holiday, this would be a resolution to recognize the day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day for city purposes. Ward 3 Councilor Heather Shand, who sponsored the Aug. 9 order...

School board officials were criticized on Tuesday after a motion to reinstate Columbus Day on the school calendar did not pass. More than 20 residents and local Italian American activists attended the Rockaway Township Board of Education meeting and spoke in support of the motion. Board members renamed the day Indigenous Peoples' Day after a board...

Poor Lawrence Brignolia is rolling over in his grave. The Italian-American won the Boston Marathon in 1899 with a time of 2:54:38. In 2000, he was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. That's quite an honor for a horse shoeing son of Italian immigrants, but there is no honor for Italian Americans at this year's Boston Marath...