Thousands Line 5th Ave for Columbus Day Parade

NEW YORK (AP) -
Gov. Andrew Cuomo stands with officials on  Fifth Avenue Monday in the annual New York City Columbus Day Parade. (Office of Gov. Cuomo)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo stands with officials on Fifth Avenue Monday in the annual New York City Columbus Day Parade. (Office of Gov. Cuomo)

Thousands of people lined New York’s Fifth Avenue on Monday to cheer the annual Columbus Day parade in the nation’s largest city.

Marching bands, floats and politicians marched up the famous thoroughfare to commemorate Columbus. The parade has also become a celebration of New Yorkers of Italian heritage.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are both of Italian descent. They were warmly received along the route. But the two men have been locked in a bitter political feud and did not interact during the festivities.

The crowds were enthusiastic on a mild fall day, but the parade also annually elicits criticism.

Some people gathered near the parade to celebrate what they called Indigenous People Day in protest of Christopher Columbus’ treatment of Native Americans.