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    Posted October 8, 2012 by
    New York, New York

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    NYC-Columbus Day Celebration


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     RVCFOTO photographed the floats and entertainers at New York City's Columbus Day parade yesterday. 'The Columbus Day parade is one the largest parade in NYC to celebrate by American-Italian heritage. Participants come as far as Italy to be part of this celebration,' she said. As far as how RVCFOTO celebrated the rest of the day, she said she hit the shopping circuit! 'With so many sales going on and lots of shops along the parade route, a lot of New Yorkers went shopping after watching the parade. I also did my share of shopping after taking these photos.'
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    NYC Columbus Day Parade took off in midtown Manhattan with thousand of participants and about a million spectators who cheered from the sidewalks.

    Edward Cardinal Egan was outside St. Patrick Cathedral greeting the participants as they made their way up the parade route. Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Cuomo and Police commissioner Ray Kelly along with other local politician were among the marchers.

    Susan Lucci—aka Erica Kane of All My Children drove up the avenue to a screaming crowd and all of them shouting her name in recognition. A few blocks away a group of “Spinone Italiano” --an Italian dog breed-- stood waiting patiently to walked up the parade route.

    The Columbus Citizens Foundation organizes the parade which runs on 5th Ave from 44th street to 72nd street.
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