Columbus Day Celebration Essay Contest For Inn

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The Washington Crossing Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution last month hosted two winners of this year’s Christopher Columbus Essay Contest, Bailey Tweedie, a fifth-grade student at Maple Point Middle School, and Laura Chorba, a seventh-grade student at Maple Point.

Bailey wrote his essay on North Cascades National Park and Laura wrote hers about The Hawaiian Volcano National Park. Both students read their essays, and were presented with certificates and a medal.

The contest is open to students in grades nine through 12, and are judged on historical accuracy, topic adherence, material organization, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation and neatness.

Susan Weber and Janet Gosyk, American History Committee members, introduced Bailey and Laura and presented the awards. One hundred and fifteen students participated in this contest nationally. For more information contact

The national winner is invited to the National Columbus Day celebration in Washington, D.C. to read their essay. The Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization.

DAR members are dedicated to promoting historical preservation, education and patriotism across the nation. For information about joining The National Society for Daughters of the American Revolution, through the Washington Crossing Chapter, e-mail

PHOTO CAP: Pictured from left, Susan Weber, Bailey Tweedie, Laura Chorba and Janet Gosyk.

The Annual Columbus Day Parade

On Fifth Avenue, New York City

Over one million spectators watching over 130 marching groups including bands, floats and cultural groups.

On October 9, 2017, Fifth Avenue was transformed during the Columbus Day Parade, the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture. The parade was led by Grand Marshal Leonard Riggio, Chairman of Barnes & Noble, Inc.

The Columbus Day Parade is a fun filled parade that gets bigger and better every year. Participants from all over the world march in our parade with pride. The parade has become a global event with millions of viewers and over a half million spectators on the streets. We invite you to join us and experience this memorable day.

Our Parade Committee spends countless hours every year reviewing many talented bands and entertaining acts in an effort to make our parade the most exciting yet! Every year we invite everyone to come out and line the streets of 5th Avenue in what promises to be a fun-filled day. The parade marches up Fifth Avenue from 47th to 72nd Street with red carpet performances on Fifth Avenue between 67th and 69th Streets.

The parade celebrates the spirit of exploration and courage that inspired Christopher Columbus’s 1492 expedition to America and and the important contributions of Italian-Americans and other immigrants that followed. Over a dozen high school bands, as well as virtuosi professional groups from the United States and Italy, march up Fifth Avenue and fill the canyons of midtown with joyous, heart-pounding music. Traditional folk groups perform centuries-old dances, and cutting-edge designs are brought to the parade route in displays of the vibrant Italian-American and Italian culture today.

Past Grand Marshals

2017 - Leonard Riggio
2016 - Robert LaPenta
2015 - Alberto Cribiore
2014 - Frank Bisignano
2013 - Joseph R. Perella
2012 - Mario J. Gabelli
2011 - Joseph J. Plumeri
2010 - Maria Bartiromo
2009 - Kenneth G. Langone
2008 - Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr., US Navy (Ret.)
2007 - Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
2006 - General Peter Pace
2005 - Justice Antonin Scalia
2004 - Mario Andretti
2003 - Roberto Cavalli
2002 - Franco Zeffirelli
2001 - Bobby Valentine
2000 - Dan Marino
1999 - Piero Ferrari
1998 - Richard A. Grasso
1997 - Paul Sorvino
1996 - Hon. George E. Pataki
1995 - Louis J. Freeh
1994 - Susan Lucci
1993 - Regis Philbin
1992 - Past Grand Marshals
1991 - Joe Di Maggio
1990 - Tommy La Sorda
1989 - Danny Aiello
1988 - Vincent Gardenia
1987 - Rudolph Giuliani
1986 - Hon. Alfonse D'Amato
1986 - Hon. Mario Cuomo
1985 - Henry Mancini
1984 - Sophia Loren
1983 - Canceled due to the passing of His Eminence, Terence Cardinal Cooke
1982 - Lee Iacocca
1981 - Tony Bennett
1980 - Luciano Pavarotti
1979 - Frank Sinatra
1978 - Bob & Delores Hope
1977 - Vincent J. Peters
1976 - Sergio Franchi
1975 - Yogi Berra
1974 - Frank Capra
1973 - Hon. S. Samuel Di Falco
1972 - Amb. John A.Volpe
1969-71 - Fortune Pope 

Images from Past Columbus Day Parades

Click on a thumbnail below to view the gallery.



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