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On October 12, 1929, New York City businessman and Italian immigrant Generoso Pope led a parade from East Harlem down to Columbus Circle. The parade celebrated the achievements and contributions of Italian-Americans to the landscape of New York and the United States. It was followed by a fund-raising dinner to benefit immigrants creating a new life for themselves in New York City.

The annual Columbus Day Parade is the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American heritage and culture and always receives great national attention and worldwide press coverage. The Gala Dinner brings together leaders of the United States and Italy for an evening that pays tribute to a centuries-old bond. The parade and dinner are just two of the events that are part of New York’s Columbus Day Celebration, held each October.

The Columbus Day Celebration is a fundraising initiative that benefits the Foundation’s philanthropic endeavors. The Columbus Citizens Foundation scholarship program raises millions of dollars to support the education of Italian-American students who have the academic qualifications and drive to succeed in school and beyond, but not the means to reach their potential.

Please join us as we celebrate Italian-American heritage and traditions, Italy and the United States, and as we provide educational opportunities for hundreds of deserving students

Announcements from the Foundation:

Dr. Laura L. Forese And Thomas Iovino Named Honorees Of New York City’s 2017 Columbus Day Parade20-Jul-2017

Top Healthcare Executive Dr. Laura L. Forese and Construction Industry Leader Thomas Iovino Will Join Grand Ma.. Read More»

Leonard Riggio Named Grand Marshal Of 2017 New York City Columbus Day Parade10-Jul-2017

Barnes & Noble Chairman and Founder Creates Theme Entitled “A Celebration of Italian-American Author.. Read More»

Mario Batali & Federica Marchionni Named Honorees of New York City's 2016 Columbus Day Parade11-Jul-2016

Chef, Author and Philanthropist Mario Batali and Federica Marchionni will join Grand Marshal Robert LaPenta in.. Read More»