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Here are today’s Columbus Day Parade street closures in NYC

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Much of midtown Manhattan will be blocked off for the event

Annual Columbus Day Parade Held In New York Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

For the 73rd year running, the annual Columbus Day Parade—which bills itself as “the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture”—will march up Fifth Avenue today, with the parade kicking off at 11 a.m. in Midtown, and ending around 3 p.m. on the Upper East Side. More than one million spectators are expected for the event, which also includes performances on a bandstand around 67th Street. This year’s grand marshal is Leonard Riggio, the chairman of Barnes & Noble.

The parade comes amid renewed calls for the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue at Columbus Circle (notably from City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito), as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s initiative to review and potentially remove “symbols of hate” on city property. While Columbus is credited with encouraging European exploration in the Americas, many now see his exploits in the Caribbean and beyond as devastating to the indigenous people there.

As the New York Times notes, many groups have responded with their own Indigenous People’s Day events, celebrated as a counter to the official day recognizing Columbus’s legacy. Here in NYC, the Redhawk Native American Arts Council, a nonprofit dedicated to educating New Yorkers about Native American arts and culture, will host its own festival today on Randall’s Island until 4 p.m.

As for the Columbus Day Parade, it’s a sure bet that it’ll muck up Manattan traffic today; here are the parade street closures, per the DOT:

Formation

  • 43rd Street between Vanderbilt Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • 44th Street between Vanderbilt Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • 45th Street between Vanderbilt Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • 46th Street between Vanderbilt Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • 47th Street between Vanderbilt Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • 5th Avenue between 43rd Street and 47th Street

Route

  • 5th Avenue between East 47th Street and East 72nd Street

Dispersal

  • 5th Avenue between 72nd Street and 79th Street
  • 72nd Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue
  • 73rd Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue
  • 74th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue
  • 75th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue
  • 76th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue
  • 77th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue
  • 78th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue

Miscellaneous

  • 62nd Street between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue
  • 68th Street between Park Avenue and 5th Avenue
  • 69th Street between Park Avenue and 5th Avenue
  • 70th Street between Park Avenue and 5th Avenue
  • Vanderbilt Avenue between 43rd Street and 47th Street