Columbus Day Ushers In Parades, Sales, And Protests


Columbus Day 2015 will arrive at the same time it does every year, nestled between Labor Day and Halloween on the second Monday of October. This year Columbus Day will take place on October 12th, giving way to school closures, stores sales, and parades in towns across the country.

While Christopher Columbus is credited with discovering America in 1492, many naysayers call him a tyrant and claim this is a holiday we shouldn’t be celebrating. Some cities in the nation have even replaced the day with “Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” a counter-celebration to honor Native American history and culture.

In spite of the controversy surrounding the holiday, the 71st Columbus Day Parade, sponsored by the Columbus Citizens Foundation will march up Fifth Avenue of New York City beginning at 12:00 p.m Monday afternoon.

WABC TV will offer live streaming coverage of the parade which includes 35,0000 marchers and over 100 bands, floats, groups, and dignitaries. Look for the Grand Marshal Alberto Cribiore and a special presentation of the Humanitarian Award to Stefani Germanotta (Lady Gaga) and her mother for their work with the Born This Way Foundation.

If you’re looking forward to shopping the Columbus Day sales– often forgotten in the shadow of the upcoming Black Friday – U.S. News has some tips on how to navigate the sales from Louis Ramirez, senior features writer for DealNews.

Ramierez suggests that shopping for accessories over the Columbus Day weekend will be well worth it, with some stores offering up to 70 percent off. However, as far as electronics, big ticket items, and clothing, he suggests waiting for Black Friday. Most of the sales on clothing will max out at 40 percent off while “the average Black Friday apparel deal will take up to 54 percent off,” he said.

We recommend you save your apparel purchases for Black Friday. The average Black Friday apparel deal will take up to 54 percent off, whereas on Columbus Day, most clothing sales will max out at 40 percent off.

While Columbus Day remains a national holiday, there are cities that will be celebrating the more “politically correct” Indigenous Peoples’ Day – such as Seattle, Berkeley, and Minneapolis, according to The Huffington Post.

Other folks argue that the day should be canceled altogether, making one less holiday for us to commercialize.

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