The biggest celebration of American-Italian culture in the world, the Columbus Day parade in New York City praises the courage and spirit of exploration that motivated Christopher Columbus back in the 15th century to sail across the Atlantic and open a new world. The parade attracts around a million spectators and 35,000 marchers each year. 5th Avenue fills with Italian flags and people dressed as Christopher Columbus. Marching school bands, professional musicians, and traditional folk groups perform along the way and create a lively atmosphere.
Be Part of the Experience
2017 IAPSNJ Columbus Day Parade Queen
Miss Jacqueline Schulz, Union High School
2017 IAPSNJ Parade Grand Marshal
Chief Phyllis Bindi, East Orange Police Department
Sunday, October 8th Morris County Columbus Day Parade Marchers and police vehicles should assemble at the East Hanover Fire Department at Ridgedale Ave. & De Forest St. at 1:30 PM. Marchers should be in department uniform or business attire to march.
Monday, October 9th NYC Columbus Day Parade Marchers and police vehicles should meet at the Port Authority Police Administration Bldg at 500 Boulevard East, Weehawken, NJ by 9:00 am in department uniform or business attire. Breakfast will be served and personal cars can be parked at the PAPD until we return. We will be joining the NYPD Columbia Assn for lunch afterwards in NYC.
Family members are more than welcome to march with us dressed in smart attire. No sweats or jeans please as the parade is shown live on WABC Channel 7 in NY.
Any department able to bring vehicles or motorcycles please contact me via e mail firstname.lastname@example.org prior to coming.
Video Coverage and Photo's from the 2016 Parade.
A beautiful day in NYC for the 72nd Annual Columbus Day Parade up 5th Avenue. Hosted by our friend Joe Piscopo & Maria Bartiromo.
WABC as usual did a fine job. Here is how we looked on TV. Thanks for the commentary, Joe & Maria.