New York City is all set to raise a toast to the man who discovered America. The city will mark Columbus Day with a grand celebration on the Fifth Avenue.
Columbus Day, which is celebrated annually on the second Monday of October, marks Christopher Columbus' arrival in America on October 12, 1492. Columbus Day was originally celebrated on October 12, but after 1971, the United States started celebrating the day on the second Monday of October.
Columbus Day was first celebrated in 1792 in New York's Tammany Hall also known as the Columbian Order. And since then NYC has been celebrating the day with much fanfare.
This year, the Columbus Day will be celebrated on October 10 with an Italian-American procession, parade and other events. The Columbus Day Parade in New York is one of the biggest highlights of the day. Over 35,000 marchers and groups are expected to participate in the parade that takes over Fifth Avenue, according to Time Out.
Here are a few best photos of the Columbus Day celebrations in New York: