NYC Columbus Day Parade to go virtual amid pandemic concerns

By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The city's 2020 Columbus Day Parade is the latest to go viral amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Organizers of the parade announced the decision in a video message to its members. 

"Due to COVID-19, we have decided in the best interests of our members, participants, and spectators not to have our parade as usual," Angelo Vivolo chairman of the Columbus Citizens Foundation said.

The parade was scheduled for Oct. 12 and will be being replaced with virtual events in partnership with WABC-TV.

"We will be producing a virtual parade...This has been a year of challenges for our Italian-American community and the country, but I promise we will be back bigger and better next year," Vivolo added.

The virtual parade will feature former parade grand marshals and Italian-American entertainers. 

"The 2020 celebration will be different but delightful," CCF President Marian Pardo said. "We look forward to making it a great celebration of our history and future as proud Americans of Italian heritage."