In one of Maria Mazziotti Gillan's more unusual appearances, on Monday, October 9, 2017 she will be riding on a float up Fifth Avenue in the 73rd annual Columbus Day Parade in New York City. The theme for this float is “A Celebration of Italian-American Authors.”
The New York Columbus Day Parade is the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture. The parade will be led by Grand Marshal Leonard Riggio, Chairman of Barnes & Noble, Inc.
The parade celebrates the spirit of exploration and courage that inspired Christopher Columbus’s 1492 expedition to America and and the important contributions of Italian-Americans and other immigrants that followed. Over a dozen high school bands, as well as virtuosi professional groups from the United States and Italy, march up Fifth Avenue and fill the canyons of midtown with joyous, heart-pounding music. Traditional folk groups perform centuries-old dances, and cutting-edge designs are brought to the parade route in displays of the vibrant Italian-American and Italian culture today.
In a press release, Barnes & Noble announced more than 100 Italian-American authors would be marching up Fifth Avenue in the Columbus Citizens Foundation’s Annual Columbus Day Parade.
Besides Maria Gillan, the authors include bestsellers like David Baldacci, Lorenzo Carcaterra, Nelson DeMille, Wally Lamb, Lisa Scottoline, Gay Talese, and Adriana Trigiani. (see list below)
“I have long held the belief that Italian-American writers have received little recognition for their contribution to America’s literary heritage, and that’s why I am so pleased to honor these 100 plus authors who will be marching with me in the parade,” said Mr. Riggio. “In addition, we decided to hand out 50,000 copies of The Constitution of the United States of America with the Declaration of Independence at this year’s parade, because at this time in our country’s history we recognize how important these documents are in bringing us together.”
Location: Fifth Ave. from 44th – 72nd Streets
Date: Monday, October 9, 2017
Hours: 11:00 AM – 3:00 p.m.
Broadcast: WABC-TV, 12 Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Following is the full list of Italian-American authors participating in this year’s Columbus Day Parade:
Marisa Acocella Marchetto
Lisa Marie Basile
Mary Ann Castronovo Fusco
Olivia Kate Cerrone
Wendy Corsi Staub
Stefano De Angelis
Robyn Stein DeLuca
Rachel Guido deVries
Annie Rachele Lanzillotto
Lorraine Mangione, PhD
Maria Mazziotti Gillan
Dr. Rock Positano
Maria Mazziotti Gillan's most recent books are the poetry and photography collection, Paterson Light and Shadow and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter . Her collection of poems along with some of her paintings is The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets . Maria's official website is MariaGillan.com.