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NYC celebrates Italian-American heritage

October 13, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of people are lining Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue for New York City’s annual Columbus Day parade.

Monday’s parade is organized by the Columbus Citizens Foundation. It’s billed as the world’s largest celebrations of Italian-American heritage and culture.

It also is a major political showcase less than a month before Election Day.

The marchers include Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, and his Republican rival, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. Cuomo is seeking re-election and has a commanding lead in the polls.

They also include Mayor Bill de Blasio, who frequently touts his Italian heritage.

The festivities feature scores of matching bands and Italian civic groups. The first parade was held in Manhattan in 1929.

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