Columbus Day Parade will take place on Monday, October 11, 2010. The Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Fifth Avenue at 47th Street, and continues north along Fifth Avenue to 79th Street.
Columbus Day is the celebration of the arrival of the famous explorer Christopher Columbus to America, particularly in the Bahamas in the year 1492. In the United States, Columbus Day first became an official state holiday in Colorado in 1906 when governor Jesse F. McDonald proclaimed it as a regular holiday. It then became an official federal holiday in 1934 through the proclamation of then President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as a result of lobbying by the Knights of Columbus and Congress.
Over 35,000 people participate in the Columbus Day Parade, including marching bands, floats, folk dancers, and 1930s Maseratis.
Since 1971, the Columbus Day holiday has been fixed to the second Monday in October.
Hawaii, South Dakota, and Nevada do not celebrated Columbus Day, Hawaii celebrates Discoverer’s Day, which is not considered as a legal holiday. South Dakota celebrates it as “Native American Day” an official state holiday.
in Nevada, Columbus Day is not a legal holiday so schools, banks, and federal agencies are open.