Observance of Columbus Day varies, ranging from large-scale parades to nonobservance. For places that do celebrate it, the day has evolved into a cultural celebration.
Italians have long celebrated Christopher Columbus in tribute to their shared heritage. If you’re in San Francisco or New York, you don’t have to look far to find celebratory Italian-Americans. The annual Columbus Day Parade began in both cities as a way to pay tribute to the man they claim as one of their own. The parades typically feature street fairs, colorful costumes, music, and Italian food. San Francisco boasts the oldest parade, while New York has the largest.