When: Monday, October 10, 2016. Parade steps off at 12:30 p.m. The festivities begin with a 9am mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington Street. A wreath laying ceremony in Arrigo Park, 801 S. Loomis St. at the Columbus statue, together with the Grand Lodge, State of Illinois, Order Sons of Italy in America.
Where: Parade, State Street from Wacker to Van Buren. Free.
The Columbus Day Parade is sponsored by the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans. This year is the 63rd anniversary.
Columbus Day Chairman Sal Perricone will lead the line of march, with JCCIA President Frank Cerrone, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and many other dignitaries from city, state and the Italian community. The Columbus Day Parade has over 150 units – bands, floats and marchers. All ethnicities are invited to join the parade.
Cheap Italian food around the parade:
Aurelios, 1212 S. Michigan, (312) 374-4459. I’ve had this pizza at the home-base in Homewood and it was delicious. They have a two story rooftop per their website.
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, 805 S State St, (312) 786-1000. Delicious thin crust pies, pasta dishes and the Malnati salad.
Tufano’s Vernon Park Tap, 1073 W Vernon Park Place, (312) 733-3393. University Village, Hop the Blue Line toward UIC and get off at the UIC Stop walk several blocks.
Quartino, 626 N State St, (312) 698-5000. When the parade ends take the number 29 State Street bus north. Get off at Illinois where the bus turns east toward Navy Pier and walk the couple blocks to this fabulous small plates and good low cost wine joint.
Per Brittanica.com, Columbus Day (originally October 12; since 1971 the second Monday in October) commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus on October 12, 1492, in the New World. Although his explorations were financed by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, Columbus was a native of Genoa, Italy, and over the years Italian Americans took up the cause of honoring his achievement.
The 300th anniversary of his landing was celebrated in New York City in 1792 by the Society of St. Tammany, or Columbian Order, and the 400th anniversary, in 1892, by presidential proclamation nationwide.
During the latter half of the 19th century, the day began to be celebrated in cities with large numbers of Italian Americans, and in 1937 it became a national holiday by presidential proclamation. The day came to be marked by parades, often including floats depicting the ships of Columbus, and by public ceremonies and festivities.
By the quincentennial in 1992, the holiday was an occasion for discussing the European conquest of American Indians, and some people objected to celebrating the event and proposed alternatives, among them Indigenous Peoples Day.