The Columbus Day Parade has turn out to be one other casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.
Organizers stated the Oct. 12 parade celebrating Italian-American heritage might be canceled and changed with digital occasions.
“Due to COVID-19, we’ve determined in the perfect pursuits of our members, individuals and spectators not to have our parade as standard,” Angelo Vivolo chairman of the Columbus Residents Basis stated in a video message to members.
“This has been a 12 months of challenges for our Italian-American neighborhood and the nation. However I promise we might be again greater and higher subsequent 12 months,” he stated.
The muse, the organizers of the parade, will work with broadcast accomplice WABC-TV to showcase digital occasions to have fun Italian-American heritage, stated basis president Marian Parda.
“The 2020 celebration might be completely different however pleasant,” she stated within the video message.
She stated former parade grand marshals and Italian-American entertainers might be featured within the digital occasions.
In a separate assertion to the Submit, Parda stated, “This isn’t a call we took calmly. Whereas we’re heartbroken to have made this determination, we’re greater than conscious of the danger that COVID-19 nonetheless poses this fall. Conscious that this danger might affect giant gatherings, it appears clear to us that the large Parade we normally maintain could be a well being danger to town and to our neighborhood.
“The excellent news is that we’re going to take all parts of our conventional Columbus Celebration Weekend – together with the Parade and our massive fundraising Gala – on-air and on-line. We promise to have some enjoyable celebrating Italian Heritage in each method we will, and present the resiliency of all New Yorkers throughout powerful instances. We glance ahead to sharing particulars as October approaches.”
The cancellation of the Columbus parade reveals the pandemic’s affect on New York life is reaching deep into the autumn.
The town’s different prime parades held earlier within the 12 months have been additionally cancelled – most notably the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Puerto Rican Day. The West Indian Parade that takes place round Labor Day weekend has additionally been scrapped.
Italian-American activists stated the pandemic is simply one of many issues they’ve encountered this 12 months. They’re additionally combating towards campaigns – usually profitable — to take away statues of Christopher Columbus from the general public sq. in New York and throughout the nation.
Many Columbus statues have additionally been destroyed or vandalized amid civil rights protests over the police brutality demise of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Italian-Individuals laud Columbus as a logo of Italian achievement in America. However opponents word that Columbus brutalized indigenous populations throughout his conquests and isn’t worthy of celebration.