I'm not one for celebrating Columbus Day. I've blogged about this topic before that I personally don't celebrate the history that led to the genocide of indigenous people in the Americas.
In some communities, there is growing disinterest in honoring Christopher Columbus. Some schools have stopped taking it as a holiday. In Albany, N.Y., the Columbus Day parade was cancelled this year. A lack of funds and little interest led the city to cancel its parade, according to wten.com.
But in New York, where I'm teaching this fall, there are two major Columbus Day parades.
One of the parades was put on Sunday by the Hispanic community and another parade was organized by the Italian-American community Monday.
They both celebrate Columbus' legacy but not for the same reasons.
Hispanics in New York, who have held their own parade for 47 years, use the day to celebrate the legacy of their culture. Hispanic pride was evident along the parade route where people waved flags from various Latin American countries, including Argentina, Guatemala and Mexico.
City parking posters announced it as the Hispanic Columbus Day Parade but some media outlets called it the Hispanic Day Parade. Many Hispanics don't celebrate Columbus Day anymore and may not like that label.
Italian-Americans, however, still celebrate Columbus, born in Genoa, Italy, as one of their own heroes. Their New York parade has been around for 67 years. Both parades travel the same route along Fifth Avenue.
The Chicago Columbus Day parade also took place Monday.
Some see Columbus as a hero and others as a villain. For now, most of the parades continue.