40,000 marchers, 1 million spectators attend Columbus Day Parade

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Monday, October 12, 2015
71st Annual Columbus Day Parade
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Lauren Glassberg reports from New York's Fifth Avenue.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Thousands of people lined New York's Fifth Avenue to cheer the annual Columbus Day parade in the nation's largest city.

Marching bands, floats and politicians marched up the famous thoroughfare Monday.

Channel 7 is your home for the Columbus Day Parade, hosted by our own Ken Rosato and Michelle Charlesworth, as well as Joe Piscopo and Maria Bartiromo.

Beyond commemorating Columbus, the parade has also become a celebration of New Yorkers of Italian heritage.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are each of Italian descent. They were warmly received along the route.

But the two men have been locked in a bitter political feud and did not interact during the festivities.

The crowds were enthusiastic on a mild fall day, but the parade also annually elicits criticism.

Some people gathered near the parade to celebrate what they called Indigenous People Day out of protest of Christopher Columbus' treatment of Native Americans.

The Columbus Citizens Foundation organizes the parade, which is a culmination of a celebratory weekend that raises money for education.

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