On October 11, 2010 over 35,000 marchers, 100 bands, and floats will unite for the country’s largest Columbus Day Parade.This years event will be led by Grand Marshal Maria Bartiromo. “Ms. Bartiromo is the anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” and host and managing editor of the nationally syndicated “The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo.” Honorees included Frank Bisignano, Chief Administratiave Officer, JP Morgan Chase and Jason DeSena Trennert, Founder, Chief Investment Strategist, Strategas Research Partners.
The parade celebrates the spirit of exploration and courage that inspired Christopher Columbus’s 1492 expedition and the important contributions Italian-Americans have made to the United States. Over a dozen high school bands, as well as virtuosi professional groups from the United States and Italy, will march up Fifth Avenue and fill the canyons of midtown with joyous, heart-pounding music. Many traditional folk groups will perform centuries-old dances, and cutting-edge designs are brought to the parade route in displays of the vibrant culture that is Italy today.
This year, entertainment throughout the Parade and on the Red Carpet will feature music and acts from Pinocchio, The Italian Musical.