The 77th Annual Columbus Day Parade will be held in New York City on Monday, Oct. 11.
Last year, the parade was celebrated virtually because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, the parade, according to organizer The Columbus Citizens Foundation, will return to Fifth Avenue. The foundation is a nonprofit “dedicated to the celebration of Italian heritage and the creation of opportunities for younger Italian Americans.”
“The Parade celebrates Italian American heritage, culture and achievements and is the largest celebration of Italian heritage in the world,” the foundation said.
Grand Marshal will be Michael Pascucci, chairman of Duck Pond Associates.
The parade will move north on Fifth Avenue from 47th to 72nd streets.
The foundation said the honorees are Joe Gurrera, owner of Citarella, and Jodi Pulice, founder and CEO of JRT Realty Group. Daniel A. Nigro, Commissioner of New York City Fire Department, will receive the 2021 Humanitarian of the Year Award.
“We hope that New Yorkers of all backgrounds will join us in celebrating the Italian American culture and our community’s many accomplishments.
While celebrating our achievements, we recognize the courage and accomplishments of all the immigrant communities that make our city and our country great. Having been the first parade in 2001 to follow the tragic events of 9/11, we are especially proud to once again lead the city in celebrating the nation’s strength, our rebounding from that tragedy and the tragedy of Covid but most especially leading in creating a union among us all, staying true to our parade’s themes of resilience, recovery and reunion,” said Marian Pardo, president of Columbus Citizens Foundation.