I recently attended the Columbus Day Parade and discovered that it's a wonderful parade if you're looking for a somewhat low-key parade to try out. While the St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Thanksgiving Day Parade draw tremendous crowds and make it tough to get around the parade, the Columbus Day Parade has all the great features of a NYC parade, without the need to commit or deal with lots of chaos. Last year, my kids loved watching the parade for 20 minutes before we visited the nearby Central Park Zoo.
When Is The Columbus Day Parade? The Columbus Day Parade will take place on Monday, October 13, 2014.
What Time is the Columbus Day Parade? The Columbus Day Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. and lasts until 3 p.m.
Where Does the Columbus Day Parade Go? The Columbus Day Parade begins on Fifth Avenue at 44th Street and continues north along Fifth Avenue to 72nd Street. The grandstands will be located on Fifth Avenue between 67th and 69th Streets. <[>Where and When is the Columbus Day Mass? The Columbus Day Mass takes place at St. Patrick's Cathedral (50th Street/Fifth Avenue) at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are required for entry before 9:15, but at 9:15 they open the cathedral to additional attendees as space allows.
Columbus Day Parade Overview
The Columbus Day Parade has been organized by the Columbus Citizens Foundation in New York since 1929. Over 35,000 people participate in the Columbus Day Parade in New York City each year, including over 100 groups, with bands, floats and contingents. The parade attracts nearly one million spectators and is the largest celebration of Italian-American culture in the world. The Columbus Day Parade takes place on the second Monday in October.