On October 9, 2017, Fifth Avenue will be transformed during the Columbus Day Parade, the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture.
Nearly one million spectators will line up along 5th Avenue to watch 35,000 marchers and over 100 groups, including bands, floats and contingents.
The parade celebrates the spirit of exploration and courage that inspired Christopher Columbus’s 1492 expedition and the important contributions Italian-Americans have made to the United States. Over a dozen high school bands, as well as virtuosi professional groups from the United States and Italy, march up Fifth Avenue and fill the canyons of midtown with joyous, heart-pounding music. Traditional folk groups perform centuries-old dances, and cutting-edge designs are brought to the parade route in displays of the vibrant Italian-American and Italian culture today.