Albany has cancelled its annual Columbus Day Parade, which began in 1992. From Jorden Carleo-Evangelist:
For the first time in two decades, there will be no Columbus Day parade in the city — a casualty, some organizers said, of dwindling crowds and younger people not as closely linked to their cultural roots.
The full-scale parade — replaced in the past two years by a shorter one in Washington Park — gives way this year to a Columbus Festival on Saturday and Sunday in Cook Park in Colonie.
The article’s an interesting read, as it touches on the various pushbacks over the years against Columbus due to what some say is an insensitive celebration of the eradication of Native culture in the Americas. It also examines the use of the holiday as a celebration of Italian-Americans, but being so many generations removed from the last major influx of immigration, relevance and interest in that angle has diminished. Aspects of other cultures have bled into new generations while older generations hold onto their shared experience through community organizations. Now, all we are left with is a Monday off in October to reflect on a very complicated and sometimes distressing history.
But if you’re really hard up for a parade celebrating white people with STDs, there’s always North Pearl on any given Saturday.
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