The Columbus Day Parade will start at 11:30 a.m., with 35,000 expected marchers to walk from 47th Street to 72nd Street on Fifth Avenue. While the parade celebrates Italian-American heritage and Christopher Columbus' voyage, organizers tells WABC 7 the parade also celebrates immigrants who have built the country. The parade's grand marshal Joseph Plumeri said, "We would be nothing today without those people who came here with little more than the clothes on their back."
According to the Columbus Citizens Foundation, the parade will have 100 performers, including "Pia Toscano (American Idol Favorite) as well as the Italian Musical, 'The Italian Fairy'... the Sacred Heart University Marching Band [and] Stony Brook University Marching Band."
If you catch parade revelry, you can share your photos by tagging them "gothamist" on Flickr or emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org. You might catch a glimpse of Ms. Columbia (aka Oswald Gomez, pictured above)!