In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.  That was the little rhyme that everyone recited to remember that important date, the year Christopher Columbus landed on the soils of North America.  We annually honor this feat on October 14th, Columbus Day Parade in New York City is the main event.

New York’s Columbus Day Parade is the largest celebration of the holiday in the entire country, and brings in close to one million spectators every year.  It’s heavily televised, and one of the most anticipated events of the fall in New York.  It is held by the Columbus Citizens Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to fostering an appreciation of Italian-American heritage and achievement.  The Parade is one of the country’s largest celebrations of Italian-American culture.  Check out this link for more information.

So what’s so special about the parade that people want to travel far and wide just to get a glance?  In one word, everything.  There are beautiful floats, lively music from marching bands, outrageous costumes and so much more!

Are you interested in seeing the parade as it marks its 69th year?  It’s held on 5th Avenue, the high-fashion mecca of Manhattan, and typically starts at 11:30 am.  Be sure to get there early because each year the crowds continue to grow!  Being the early bird will help you get a good spot to see all of the action, and hear the exciting live instruments.

If you’re interested in seeing the Columbus Day Parade live, ride into NYC on a Seastreak ferry! Check out some of our videos here to see why we think sailing with Seastreak is the ONLY way to travel to New York!  If you happen to go to the Columbus Day Parade this year, be sure to snap a picture for us!

Sea you soon,

The Seastreak Family

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