Columbus Day is a holiday for much of New York and an opportunity for the Italians and Italian-Americans to show off their pride. We understand that in California it is no longer called Columbus Day but Indiginous Peoples Day. That would never fly here!
We walked over to 5th Avenue around noon to watch the parade. On this warm sunny Monday, the street was lined on both sides with people just like us……except that most were speaking Italian! We viewed the parade from a couple of sites (one time in front of Salvatore Ferragamo store which we thought was most appropriate!) and we were always wedged into crowds of people speaking their native tongue.
Italian red, green, and white flags flew from buildings and many of the crowd carried them. There were groups after groups of marching dignitaries, Italian fraternal orders / clubs, school bands, and floats. One woman came flying by on roller blades hoisting an Italian flag while another skated by with outspread large silver wings and flags.
It was just a classic New York experience!