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The Annual Columbus Day Parade

On Fifth Avenue, New York City

Over one million spectators watching over 130 marching groups including bands, floats and cultural groups - and a celebration of the 76th Anniversary of the Columbus Day Parade in New York City!

On October 12, 2020,  Fifth Avenue will be transformed during the Columbus Day Parade, the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture. 

The Columbus Day Parade is a fun filled parade that gets bigger and better every year. Participants from all over the world march in our parade with pride. The parade has become a global event with millions of viewers and over a half million spectators on the streets. We invite you to join us and experience this memorable day.

Our Parade Committee spends countless hours every year reviewing many talented bands and entertaining acts in an effort to make our parade the most exciting yet! Every year we invite everyone to come out and line the streets of 5th Avenue in what promises to be a fun-filled day. The parade marches up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd Street with red carpet performances on Fifth Avenue between 67th and 69th Streets.

The parade celebrates the spirit of exploration and courage that inspired Christopher Columbus’s 1492 expedition to America and and the important contributions of Italian-Americans and other immigrants that followed. Over a dozen high school bands, as well as virtuosi professional groups from the United States and Italy, march up Fifth Avenue and fill the canyons of midtown with joyous, heart-pounding music. Traditional folk groups perform centuries-old dances, and cutting-edge designs are brought to the parade route in displays of the vibrant Italian-American and Italian culture today.

Past Grand Marshals

2019 - Massimo Ferragamo
2018 - Guy Chiarello
2017 - Leonard Riggio
2016 - Robert LaPenta
2015 - Alberto Cribiore
2014 - Frank Bisignano
2013 - Joseph R. Perella
2012 - Mario J. Gabelli
2011 - Joseph J. Plumeri
2010 - Maria Bartiromo
2009 - Kenneth G. Langone
2008 - Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr., US Navy (Ret.)
2007 - Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
2006 - General Peter Pace
2005 - Justice Antonin Scalia
2004 - Mario Andretti
2003 - Roberto Cavalli
2002 - Franco Zeffirelli
2001 - Bobby Valentine
2000 - Dan Marino
1999 - Piero Ferrari
1998 - Richard A. Grasso
1997 - Paul Sorvino
1996 - Hon. George E. Pataki
1995 - Louis J. Freeh
1994 - Susan Lucci
1993 - Regis Philbin
1992 - Past Grand Marshals
1991 - Joe Di Maggio
1990 - Tommy La Sorda
1989 - Danny Aiello
1988 - Vincent Gardenia
1987 - Rudolph Giuliani
1986 - Hon. Alfonse D'Amato
1986 - Hon. Mario Cuomo
1985 - Henry Mancini
1984 - Sophia Loren
1983 - Canceled due to the passing of His Eminence, Terence Cardinal Cooke
1982 - Lee Iacocca
1981 - Tony Bennett
1980 - Luciano Pavarotti
1979 - Frank Sinatra
1978 - Bob & Delores Hope
1977 - Vincent J. Peters
1976 - Sergio Franchi
1975 - Yogi Berra
1974 - Frank Capra
1973 - Hon. S. Samuel Di Falco
1972 - Amb. John A.Volpe
1969-71 - Fortune Pope 

Images from Past Columbus Day Parades

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Grand Marshal Joseph R. Perella

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Grand Marshal Joseph Plumeri

Andrew Cuomo & Grand Marshal Maria Bartiromo

2009 Grand Marshal Kenneth Langone (center) with Honorees Ron Ferrelli (left) and Frank Corvino (right)

Honorees Joseph Tusiani, Dr. Thomas Sculco, & Joseph Plumeri with Grand Marshal Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr. (Ret.)

Grand Marshal Lidia Bastianich and Dinner Chair Angelo Vivolo

Grand Marshal General Peter Pace

More About Columbus Day Weekend

If you wish to participate in the 2020 Columbus Day Parade, we will open up applications on April 30, 2020. For questions about application, please contact Jefferson Wilson at or call (212) 249-9923 x242. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, click here! For more information about the Mission of our Foundation and our philanthropic endeavors, contact our Executive Director, Lisa Ackerman, at