Many New Yorkers and Italian Americans in particular, celebrate the mid-October day Columbus first set sight on the Caribbean Islands. Government employees including postal workers receive a day off and there is a substantial parade down Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd Streets. This parade lacks the vibrant costumes of other New York City parades and often the focus of the event seems to be on which politicians attend with whom. However, it is a good opportunity for a pleasant morning out with the kids.
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