Happy Columbus Day from Chris Columbus

by Maryann Pisano on October 8, 2011

Christopher Columbus

In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue- 519 years later we are still celebrating his accomplishments.  This Monday we pay tribute to Christopher Columbus, the explorer who discovered America.  Italian- Americans and Americans alike walk in parades to remember the adventurer.  The parade not only consists of Italian flags, floats and a Columbus Day court, but a man portraying Columbus.  Pat Pisano, 50, had the job when he was 19-years-old.  Pisano talks to emme about showing his pride and enacting the famous icon.

Pisano as Columbus

In 1979, I was a member of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian- Americans Young Adult Division.  They were looking for someone to portray Christopher Columbus in the Columbus Day Parade.  I realized that this would be a great opportunity for me to express my Italian heritage.  The Joint Civic Committee supplied my costume and I walked proudly at the end of the parade.  After depicting Columbus, a lot of great opportunities arose.  I was featured on the Ray Rayner Show and took part in Our Lady of Pompei Church Columbus Day Mass.  I was extremely honored to be apart of a holiday that so many Italian- Americans hold dear to their culture.

Italian- Americans Celebrate Columbus Day

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