Columbus Day Weekend

The second Monday in October is Columbus Day and Indigenous People Day

Panamanian Parade 2020

Saturday, October 10, 2020
CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn ~ The biggest Panamanian party outside Panama marches from Bergen St & Franklin Ave to a street fair along Prospect Park on Classon Ave between Eastern Parkway & President St

Celebrate Indigenous People Day 2020

Monday, October 12, 2020
EARTH ~ In the United States, we celebrate our Indigenous heritage on the second Monday in October. Many countries celebrate on October 12.

Columbus Day

Monday, October 12, 2020
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ This U.S. holiday was founded to stop racist violence against Italian-Americans. The myths around Columbus Day helped us be accepted as just Americans. Benvenuto! Saluto! Grazie!

The Columbus Day Parade is the world’s biggest Italian-American celebration

Monday, October 12, 2020
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Over 100 marching groups, 20 parade floats, 30 vehicles and 20 marching bands join this celebration of Italian-American heritage, culture and achievements

Celebrate Spain’s National Day, La Fiesta Nacional de España

Monday, October 12, 2020
BAHAMAS ~ When a lookout sighted land on October 12, 1492 during the first expedition of Columbus, he had no idea that he set in motion one of the great turning points in history

Redhawk Indigenous People Day Pow Wow

Sun-Mon, Oct 13-14, 2019
RANDALLS ISLAND ~ The Redhawk Native American Arts Council’s annual Indigenous People Day pow wow celebration in front of Icahn Stadium in Randall’s Island Park

Hispanic Day Parade 2019

Sunday, October 13, 2019
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Twenty-one countries from around the world celebrate our Hispanic Heritage on Fifth Avenue

Columbus Day Weekend in New York City

Columbus Day Weekend is a big weekend for Latin culture in New York City. There is the Panamanian Parade, Hispanic Day Parade and Columbus Day Parade. There is Spain’s National Day, Indigenous People Day and the end of Hispanic Heritage Month.

We get a lot of complaints about Columbus every year.

Columbus Day was created to stop Racial Violence

Columbus Day was founded in the United States to stop racial violence against Italians. That is why it is an important day for Italian-American communities.

We now know that Columbus was a dishonorable man. Colonialism led to the death of millions of Indigenous Americans, industrial slavery, and the wholesale theft of Indigenous riches. His Spanish patrons even had Columbus arrested for mistreating people in the colonies and stripped him of his governorship.

Columbus was a selfish, evil man, but that doesn’t diminish the contributions of our Italian-American community to life in the United States. They are two different things.

Many regions celebrate Indigenous People Day or Día de los Raices which doesn’t mean “Day of the Races,” it means “Day of the Roots.”

Before Columbus, we were all Indigenous somewhere. After Columbus we are more and more mixed. However you celebrate your roots, we salute you. We ask for a little understanding that other people have valid reasons to celebrate too.

Regardless of where you are from, in New York City, we are just New Yorkers. It’s better when we celebrate together!


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Latin culture over Columbus Day Weekend

Pedro Giraudo leads NYC’s busiest Argentine tango band

Wed, November 20, 2019
STUYVESANT HEIGHTS, Brooklyn ~ “Best Tango Album” Latin Grammy winner plays Argentine tango at lunÁtico

El Destino Argentine tango dancing at Solas

Sundays
EAST VILLAGE, NYC ~ Argentine tango dancing with NYC’s best dancers in an intimate room with one of New York’s best tango DJs

Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Cuban Jazz at Birdland

Sundays
HELL’S KITCHEN, NYC ~ Cuban jazz live music by this multiple Grammy winning band continues a Sunday tradition started by Chico O’Farrill in 1997

‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ is the funnest show on Broadway

Oct 2, 2019 – Jan 5, 2020
TIMES SQUARE THEATER DISTRICT ~ Lin-Manuel Miranda brings one of his early projects, a Latin hip-hop improv show, back to the Booth Theatre

‘Hamilton’, written by a Puerto Rican, is the Broadway hit of our generation

Open run. Dark Mondays
TIMES SQUARE THEATER DISTRICT, NYC ~ Puerto Rican New Yorker Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) wrote the Broadway hit of our generation at the Richard Rodgers Theatre

Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks play New Orleans Jazz at Iguana

Mondays & Tuesdays
TIMES SQUARE, NYC ~ Live music by New York’s specialist in early New Orleans jazz

Town Halls are for meeting your members of Congress

September 30 to October 13
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ~ Town halls enable you to share your concerns directly with your Representatives and Senators in Congress. Take your kids so they learn how our system works.

Fall in New York City

September, October, November
The Fall months remind us that life is ephemeral

Argentine Titanosaur at American Museum of Natural History

Through January 1, 2020
Argentine dinosaur
UPPER WEST SIDE, NYC ~ This cast of a 122-foot-long skeleton from Patagonia, Argentina is so big, the head pokes out the door of the dinosaur hall

Socrates Annual, the sculpture of history, landscape and community

Daily
Oct 5, 2019 – Mar 8, 2020
ASTORIA, Queens ~ The annual exhibition of work by emerging artists created during a summer residency at Socrates Sculpture Park

Hispanic Heritage Month 2020

September 15 – October 15
The United States celebrates our Hispanic roots, Hispanic culture, and the contributions of Hispanic-Americans

Celebrate Mexico Now Festival

Mon-Sun, October 7-13, 2019
NEW YORK CITY ~ A festival of contemporary Mexican art, dance, film, literature, music and food curated by New York City’s leading producer of world-class Mexican culture

Fall for Dance Festival

October 1-13, 2019
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Four world-class companies / choreographers / dancers a night for just $15 is the best deal in dance at New York City Center

New York Film Festival 57 opens with Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’

September 27 – Oct 13, 2019
LINCOLN CENTER ~ The 57th Festival opens with Scorcese’s ‘The Irishman’ and screens Cannes Grand Prix winner ‘Atlantic,’ Pedro Almodóvar’s Spanish film ‘Pain and Glory,’ and Olivier Assayas’ French film ‘WASP Network’ at Film at Lincoln Center

NYC Ballet Fall 2019 Season

September 17 – Oct 13, 2019
LINCOLN CENTER ~ New leadership, Lovette and Liang premieres, a centennial tribute to modern dance legend Merce Cunningham, and Brazilian Soloist Jovani Furlan at the David H. Koch Theater

Fall for Dance Festival 2018

NEW YORK CITY CENTER, MIDTOWN ~ Mon-Sat, October 1-13, 2018 ~ $15 seats to watch four world-class companies a night. African, Argentine, Brazilian, Cuban, French & Romanian dancers or companies perform ballet, modern, contemporary and folkloric dances. Sells out every year!