NYC's Columbus Day Parade Goes Virtual Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WCBS 880 Newsroom
August 07, 2020 - 6:00 pm

    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — There won't be a Columbus Day Parade this year. 

    It's the latest event to be canceled in New York City due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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    Organizers of the parade, which celebrates Italian-American heritage, announced the decision in a video message to members. 

    “Due to COVID-19, we have decided in the best interests of our members, participants and spectators not to have our parade as usual,” Angelo Vivolo chairman of the Columbus Citizens Foundation said.

    The parade, which had been scheduled for Oct. 12, is being replaced with virtual events in partnership with WABC-TV. 

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    "While we are still in the planning stages, we hope the virtual parade will still highlight many of the marching groups, performers, high schools and charitable organizations who have always been such enthusiastic participants," said CCF President Marian Pardo.

    Former parade grand marshals and Italian-American entertainers will be featured in the event.

    “The 2020 celebration will be different but delightful,” Pardo said. "We look forward to making it a great celebration of our history and future as proud Americans of Italian heritage."

    Vivolo promised they will be back bigger and better next year.

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