Columbus Day is marked in Manhattan by one of its most famous parades, along with appearances by politicians and performers alike. Whether you’re looking to bring the family or live it up with some friends, CBSNewYork has your all-out guide to doing it right.
Columbus Day Mass
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
14 E. 51st St (at Fifth Ave.)
St. Patrick’s Cathedral held its annual holiday mass Monday morning, ahead of the parade festivities.
A tradition in its 68th year, the Columbus Day parade is prime time to celebrate your Italian heritage – even if you’re only Italian for the day. The action takes place along Fifth Avenue where 35,000 marchers, over 100 bands and floats and upwards of a million spectators are expected to fill the streets for a vibrant celebration.
The Parade will kick off at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, on Fifth Ave at 44th Street before it makes its way north to 72th St.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Fifth Ave. from 44th to 72nd Streets
11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
Where To Eat And Drink
Mad River Bar & Grille
1442 3rd Avenue
While Columbus Day may be considered a celebration of Italian-American culture, this bar just by the parade’s end point will offer Mexican Monday night drink specials: $4 Margaritas, $4 Coronas.
1702 2nd Ave # 1
Another Upper East Haunt not too far from the parade debauchery will offer a $10 burger and beer special.
Barrow Street Ale House
15 Barrow Street
This West Village bar will offer $3 Sam Adams and Sam Adams Seasonal drafts along with 40 cent wings.
For more information on celebrating Columbus Day in New York City, click here.