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Columbus Day celebrations now, but how much longer?

Columbus Day Parade in Little Italy. (Source: WOIO) Columbus Day Parade in Little Italy. (Source: WOIO)
CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) -

The 62nd Columbus Day Parade was held for the 11th consecutive year in Little Italy.  

For a bit of a brush up on your history, Christopher Columbus was Italian. He was sent to discover America as a job for Spain. That's why, second only to the Feast of the Assumption, Columbus Day is a huge event in Little Italy in Cleveland.

The country is seeing movement of cities who are stepping away from calling it "Columbus Day" and are starting to call it "Indigenous People's Day."

In Seattle last week, the City Council voted unanimously to change the holiday, to bring awareness to the struggles of Native Americans. Other cities, like Minneapolis and Portland, have followed suit to supplement the celebration of Columbus Day.

"No that's wrong. It's Columbus Day. If it wasn't for Columbus, we wouldn't be here. We'd all be back in Europe," explained Thomas Trusso, standing along the parade route in Little Italy.

"I think that's a slap in the face really," said a man standing next to him.

With some cities making changes this year, it will be interesting to see if this becomes a bigger movement in the coming years.

In the meantime, Monday's parade began at noon on Murray Hill Road and marched down Mayfield Road past the Holy Rosary Church, where people were watching from the stands.

There were 12 high school marching bands from throughout Cuyahoga County and nearly 100 various floats and mounted units.

Loretta Paganini was the Grand Marshall of this year's parade. Paganini was born in Bologna, Italy and learned her culinary skills from studying at the Cordon Bleu in Paris and from her mother, a renowned chef and TV personality in Italy. 

Paganini now has her own 12,000 square foot culinary center in Chesterland. She has authored multiple cookbooks and been on many cooking shows.

The parade was sponsored by the Italian Sons and Daughters of America and the Northeastern Ohio Italian American Foundation.

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