Christopher Columbus would be proud of the FIAO! The Federation of Italian American Organizations kicked off its annual Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12 and run along 18th Avenue in Bensonhurst, with a festive brunch at which its grand marshals were honored. The event, held at Sirico’s, 8023 13th Ave., on Sun...

There is more to celebrating Italian traditions than to feast on pizza or pasta at home or at a restaurant, especially with the approach of Columbus Day each year. Columbus Day, a federal holiday, occurs in October during national Italian Heritage Month. So how can one best appreciate and celebrate things Italian this month and beyond, whether you...

Christopher Columbus’ landing in the Americas on October 12, 1492 was a watershed moment for European cuisine. The Italian explorer encountered new people, new cultures, new landscapes, and special types of food that he and his crew had never seen before. They couldn’t even fathom the taste of tomatoes or cocoa beans.  Just like later explorers, Co...

A Binghamton tradition marches back through town on Monday. The 60th annual Columbus Day Parade will be held in downtown Binghamton. The event shines a spotlight on the local Italian Community, with an Italian Festival to follow. Six high school bands join the Tournament of the Marching Bands this year, with local band Rooster and the Roadhouse Hor...

On Monday, four men who have demonstrated ongoing support and recognition of the cultural and heritage significance that Columbus Day symbolizes will be inducted into the Pueblo Columbus Day Hall of Fame. Only one, however, has an Italian surname: an accurate reflection of what the New Columbus Day Celebration is all about. Three years ago, in an a...

The Greater New Haven Columbus Day Parade is coming to Branford on Sunday, Oct. 13. The annual honor of hosting the parade, which rotates among the towns of East Haven, West Haven, Hamden, New Haven, and North Haven, returns to Branford in 2019 — appropriately enough, on the occasion of its 375th birthday. Vietnam Army veteran and Bronze Star recip...

Frequenters of Dallas City Hall on Tuesday could hear the clatter of buffalo horn beads as Leroy Peña walked through the council chambers. Under the beads, he wore a red ribbon shirt passed down to him from generations before him. A leader in the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas, Peña said his tribe fought for Texas in the Battle of the Alamo, violating...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) urges the District of Columbia City Council to reconsider changing Columbus Day to "Indigenous Peoples' Day" in the District. The City Council has fast-tracked the legislation and will consider this bill at its meeting this morning, October 8, at 10 a.m. NIAF’s statement regarding the Christopher Colu...

A year after Mayor Ben Walsh called for talk about how the city remembers Christopher Columbus, he says he has no immediate plans to make changes to Columbus Circle or push to rename the October holiday. Yet Walsh said he is open to ideas that have come from a group of about three dozen people who’ve spent weeks talking, learning – and occasionally...

Italian flags are flying on Main Street in Branford this week, heralding the arrival of the celebrated Greater New Haven Columbus Day Parade, which takes place this Sunday, Oct. 13, stepping off at 1:30 p.m. on Main Street in Branford. Known as the largest parade of its kind in New England, the parade circulates its march through six host towns ann...