Miss USA Erin Brady will ride in the annual Columbus Day Parade on Monday, October 14th in New York City.
A tradition since 1929, the parade celebrated Christopher Columbus’s explorations and the achievements and contributions of Italian-Americans to the landscape of New York and the United States. It was followed by a fund-raising dinner to benefit immigrants creating a new life for themselves in New York City. Today, 35,000 people participate in the parade each year and attract nearly one million spectators. The Columbus Day Parade is the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American heritage and culture and is broadcast on six continents.
The event will feature nearly 100 contingents, including virtuoso performances of traditional Italian and Italian American music, dance, and street performers, floats that depict dramatic and colorful tableau of cultural icons, over a dozen marching bands, and national and international dignitaries. All proceeds from the Parade and related weekend events help fund the Columbus Citizens Foundation’s $2 million annual commitment to scholarships for deserving students.
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