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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 Christopher Columbus’s explorations and 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 is broadcast on six continents, and 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 Celebration, held each October.

Through sponsorships of the parade, exhibitions, and gala, the Columbus Citizens Foundation raises millions of dollars to support the education of Italian-American students who have the 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:

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»

Columbus Citizens Foundation Honors U.S. Veterans, Pledges Support to American Veterans Center27-May-2016

This Memorial Day weekend, the Columbus Citizens Foundation announced a pledge of $5,000 to the American V.. Read More»

Robert LaPenta to Lead New York City's 2016 Columbus Day Parade24-May-2016

Columbus Citizens Foundation Names Robert LaPenta as Grand Marshal of the 72nd Columbus Day Parade New Yor.. Read More»