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Columbus Day Celebration

The exhibits. The receptions. The floats. The personalities. The crowds!

The week New Yorkers and tourists from the world over stop to be dazzled by the vibrant culture and spectacular achievements of some of the people who made America great.

The spirit of exploration, the struggles and triumphs of immigrants who helped build the United States, and the vibrant heritage and cultural wealth of the Italian-American community, is celebrated during our Annual Columbus Celebration.

The Columbus Day Celebration events included a black-tie Gala Dinner, the traditional wreath laying with the National Council of Columbian Associations in Civil Service at Columbus Circle, a solemn Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture – New York’s Annual Columbus Day Parade, on Fifth Avenue.

The parade airs on WABC-TV New York from noon to 3:00 p.m. in a live broadcast.

Interested in supporting scholarships by becoming a sponsor for this or next year's celebration?  Please contact us.

More About Columbus Day Weekend

If you wish to participate in the 2020 Columbus Day Parade, we will open up applications on April 30, 2020. For questions about application, please contact Jefferson Wilson at or call (212) 249-9923 x242. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, click here! For more information about the Mission of our Foundation and our philanthropic endeavors, contact our Executive Director, Lisa Ackerman, at