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Italian-American Pride Shines During Annual Columbus Day Parade
NY1 ^ | Monday, October 14, 2013 | Roger Clark

Posted on 10/14/2013 8:10:30 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Midtown became a sea of red, white and green Monday as the 69th annual Columbus Day Parade made its way up Fifth Avenue.

The world's largest celebration of Italian-American pride stretched from 47th Street up to 72nd Street.

More than 35,000 marchers took part in the parade, among them Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor Andrew Cuomo and both candidates for mayor, Democrat Bill De Blasio and Republican Joseph Lhota.

Noticeably absent, though, was the West Point Marching Band, which had to cancel due to the ongoing government shutdown.

Philanthropist Joseph Perella served as grand marshal.

"It's a very, very proud day. I wish my parents could be here, but they're here in spirit," Perella said.

"We come every year. This is our celebration of culture, our heritage and we couldn't be happier to be anywhere else but here," said one parade goer.

Making its first appearance in the parade was the Born Brave Bus from the Born This Way Foundation, established by pop star and native New Yorker Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia, to combat bullying and more.

"To help youth better handle their struggles through empowering them with skills and opportunities and you know ultimately we would like to inspire them to help us create a kinder and a gentler society," said Cynthia Germanotta.

The Columbus Citizens Foundation has run the annual Columbus Day parade since 1929.

Monday's parade was the culmination of a weekend of events.

On Sunday, a wreath-laying ceremony at Columbus Circle continued a tradition which dates back to the 1920s.

It's the time when the city's Italian-Americans celebrate their role in New York history, and a legacy of civil service.

Italian-Americans in the Bronx also came together to celebrate their heritage in the borough's annual parade.

Organizers say it celebrates the Bronx's rich diversity.

They say it's not only about the voyage of Columbus in 1492, but the journey others took to America as well.


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1 posted on 10/14/2013 8:10:30 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I am amazed that these people are allowed to feel pride. I would have thought the government would have made that illegal by now. They probably will make it illegal later.


2 posted on 10/14/2013 8:14:52 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: nickcarraway

I heard the mayor-apparent took the opportunity to bash Columbus.


3 posted on 10/14/2013 8:15:13 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
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To: clintonh8r

Is that a bad thing? The history books gloss over his butchery. It wasn’t all gumdrops and unicorns.


4 posted on 10/14/2013 8:25:49 PM PDT by frickin_frackin
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To: clintonh8r

These are just random days off for parasites.I love spaghetti cut we don”t need a holiday for Italians. It never ends. There are 198 counties in the UN. We could drop to a lousy 50 days a year of banking. I hate this and come the revolution, we will stop this and mlk day like a train wreck.We are pressing on. Go VETS!!


5 posted on 10/14/2013 8:26:57 PM PDT by SADMILLIE (r)
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To: nickcarraway

We were in San Francisco yesterday and the city was almost total grid lock due to the celebration. Chinatown was on the verge of selling pasta instead of noodles. People were truly warm and friendly. Golden Gate was clear as a bell but Alcatraz was closed( funny though, San Quentin was alive and .......)


6 posted on 10/14/2013 8:27:11 PM PDT by shadeaud (Stay Thirsty My Friends)
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To: frickin_frackin
OK wiseguy, why don't we all go back from where we came from. We will set the year back to 20,000 BC. I will go back to Europe, maybe to the Asian steppes. The Native Americans can join their cousins the Koreans, Mongolians and Chinese back in Siberia and Manchuria. Would that make you happier. The Native Americans were decimated by disease brought across the ocean from Europe. They died from bacteria and viruses for the most part. It was written in the cards. Eurasia and American were going to meet one way or another. Unfortunately for them, we made contact when medicine was primitive and virtually worthless.
7 posted on 10/14/2013 8:37:33 PM PDT by gusty
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To: SADMILLIE

Columbus Day started in 1906 and most people don’t even have the day off. No banks I know of had the day off.


8 posted on 10/14/2013 8:42:55 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: frickin_frackin

You are right. The U.S. is an evil country and the only way to atone is to embrace communism.


9 posted on 10/14/2013 8:44:21 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Mark17
I am amazed that these people are allowed to feel pride

I thought that only rainbow-wearing Sodomites could have "pride".

10 posted on 10/14/2013 8:45:30 PM PDT by lightman (Prosecute the heresies; pity the heretics.)
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To: nickcarraway
They're careful not to feel too proud:

Organizers say it celebrates the Bronx's rich diversity. They say it's not only about the voyage of Columbus in 1492, but the journey others took to America as well.

11 posted on 10/14/2013 8:58:38 PM PDT by TexasKamaAina
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To: lightman
I thought that only rainbow-wearing Sodomites could have "pride".

Didn't you see? "Making its first appearance in the parade was the Born Brave Bus from the Born This Way Foundation, established by pop star and native New Yorker Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia, to combat bullying and more."

Isn't that special? You know what "combat bullying" is code for: "we will bully the hell out of anyone who refuses to celebrate our perversion."

12 posted on 10/14/2013 9:02:36 PM PDT by informavoracious (Of course I want people to have healthcare, I just didn't know I was the one who would be paying...)
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To: frickin_frackin

You are aligning yourself with deblasio who is a F*CKING COMMUNIST SCUMBAG and who will bankrupt NYC.


13 posted on 10/14/2013 10:05:58 PM PDT by Yehuda (Pres Obortion, Sen.McAnus, & Hillary Rotten Clinton all kiss the *ss of the muslim brotherhood.)
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To: clintonh8r

Like I always say, if Columbus had not “sailed the ocean blue” the New World would still have been found a few years later when the Portugese were sailing to India and ran into Brazil.


14 posted on 10/14/2013 10:18:39 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: frickin_frackin

I used to have a book on Columbus with a description on how they saved some captive pregnant Awark women from the Carib (cannibal) Indians who liked cooked new born babies.


15 posted on 10/14/2013 10:22:03 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: nickcarraway

It used to be fun to walk in the Colubus Day parade in Denver back in the 90’s. Russell Means would be there with his braves to holler and throw horse manure in front of us.

We would smile and wave.

Sometimes they would sit in the parade route and get arrested. They seemed to like that. They got arrested, we walked, everyone was happy.

Good times.


16 posted on 10/14/2013 11:14:20 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

But if Columbus had waited a year that would have worked too, since it would rhyme with “boundless sea”.

As for da holiday, Dominic & Vito an’ the other goombahs, we don’t like youse dissing our guy, know what I mean?

Hey! I’m talkin’ to you, paisan!

;^)


17 posted on 10/15/2013 6:59:07 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: elcid1970

Too bad “your guy” was 500 years late for the party. This should be Vikings Day.


18 posted on 10/15/2013 8:01:00 AM PDT by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: BubbaBasher

Well, OK...... Leif Ericson & Vinland, got that. But the Vikings tired of being raided by “Skraelings” (their term for war-whoopin’ Injuns) so they left.

It was Columbus’ crowd that stayed.


19 posted on 10/15/2013 8:08:15 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: frickin_frackin; wardaddy
"Is that a bad thing? The history books gloss over his butchery. It wasn’t all gumdrops and unicorns."

Yes, because we all know the peaceful, noble savage (sarc) was the victim of the evil marauding white man.

You have an interesting posting history indeed. I didn't know I should be mocking male Freepers' "manliness" for not liking mens' purses.

20 posted on 10/15/2013 8:08:30 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: CatherineofAragon

There was once a member of the south hating clique named m. Espinola

Who had been another nick before

Obviously gay on his homepage

Adored deco imagery and haberdash

A satorialist

Entertaining actually...I liked him...all things considered

Maybe FF knows him?


21 posted on 10/15/2013 9:14:29 AM PDT by wardaddy (Short Change Hero...The Heavy...great song... a few years old but new to this old man)
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To: wardaddy

Well, you never know....maybe I’ll look up his posts. Might be fun reading.


22 posted on 10/15/2013 9:22:28 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: frickin_frackin

It’s indeed bad not to tell the whole story. Don’t idolize the man. He got egotistical and did things that his own church considered so bad that they had him brought back to Spain in irons.

Yet if we looked only at the bad, we’d be doomed not to honor anybody for anything. Columbus’ voyage encouraged Spain to continue sending people to the Americas. Their Christian practice, flawed as its Spanish Catholic implementation was, was what later forced the Mayans to stop their human sacrifices.

Not too many conquerers would even have as benign an overall impact as Columbus’ proved to be. If Columbus’ church hadn’t been looking over his shoulder, imagine the tyranny and carnage possible.


23 posted on 10/15/2013 9:23:47 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: gusty
Eurasia and American were going to meet one way or another.

Columbus may not have even been the first, though he was the spearhead of the first significant one. Anyhow the capable ocean voyaging technology existed by the time that "in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue." That's a lot of years ago.

24 posted on 10/15/2013 9:35:57 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: nickcarraway

I was under the impression that Columbus was a Portuguese Converso.


25 posted on 10/15/2013 9:48:03 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: nutmeg

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26 posted on 10/15/2013 9:49:35 AM PDT by nutmeg (I don't always speak to Obama voters. But when I do, I order fries...)
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To: RegulatorCountry

I thought he was from Genoa, sailing under a Spanish flag.


27 posted on 10/15/2013 9:51:33 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Quite a few scholars believe him to have been a Converso, secretly Jewish, from Portugal.


28 posted on 10/15/2013 10:01:57 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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