NEW YORK (AP) — A rainy day hasn't dampened the spirits of people celebrating Italian-American heritage at the Columbus Day Parade in midtown Manhattan.
Attendance at the annual parade was sparse Monday, but the thousands of smiling marchers and musicians gave it their all.
A movement to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day has gained momentum in some parts of the U.S.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is an Italian-American. He says people may debate Christopher Columbus' role as a historical figure, but the contributions of Italian-Americans are "beyond question."
The Democrat adds that Italians in New York City suffered discrimination for a long time, and their successes should be lauded.