Friday, October 6, 2017

Maria Gillan at the NYC Columbus Day Parade

​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:
Filomena Abys-Smith
Lauren Acampora
Marisa Acocella Marchetto
Kim Addonizio
Danny Aiello
J.J. Anselmo
Michael Ausiello
David Baldacci
Gina Barreca
Maria Bartiromo
Lisa Marie Basile
Raymond Bean
Sheryll Bellman
Elizabeth Bettina
Eugenia Bone
Louisa Calio
Alisyn Camerota
Philip Caputo
Lorenzo Carcaterra
Mary Carlomagno
Michael Carosone
Mary Ann Castronovo Fusco
Olivia Kate Cerrone
Jeff Cicletti
Gabriele Corcos
Wendy Corsi Staub
Andrew Cuomo
Tony Danza
Stefano De Angelis
Anthony DeCurtis
Robyn Stein DeLuca
Nelson DeMille
Rachel Guido deVries
Rocco DiSpirito
John Domini
Dianne Durante
Louisa Ermelino
Ed Falco
Helena Farrell
Rina Ferrarelli
Luigi Fontanella
Marisa Frasca
Jamie Freveletti
Marc Gallicchio
Fred Gardaphé
John Gennari
Catherine Gigante-Brown
Edward Giobbi
Joe Giordano
Daniela Gioseffi
William Giraldi
Mary Giuliani
Alex Guarnaschelli
Connie Guzzo-McParland
David Hajdu
Ann Harson
Bridget Kinsella
Jerry Krase
Wally Lamb
Annie Rachele Lanzillotto
Loretta LaRoche
Maria Laurino
Anna Lawton
Joseph LoGiudice
Susan Lucci
Lorraine Mangione, PhD
John Marchese
Angel Marinaccio
Donna Masini
Mike Massimino
Maria Mazziotti Gillan
Tom Mendicino
Roland Merullo
Mario Mignone
Paul Moses
Liz Mugavero
Caroline Nastro
Rosemary Novellino-Mearns
Paul Paolicelli
Enrico Pellegrini
Valerie Pepe
Peter Pezzelli
Felice Picano
John Positano
Dr. Rock Positano
Stanislao Pugliese
Rossella Rago
Marianna Randazzo
Michelle Reale
Karen Rinaldi
Nicholas Rinaldi
Richard Rinaldo
Gianni Riotta
Mark Rotella
Joseph Salvatore
Tom Santopietro
Jill Santopolo
Julie Scelfo
Sal Scognamillo
Lisa Scottoline
Francesa Serritella
J.R. Sharp
Jim Shephard
Steven Sorrentino
Jerry Spinelli
Helene Stapinski
Linda Stasi
Gay Talese
Karen Tintori
Joseph Tirella
Bill Tonelli
Adriana Trigiani
Joanna Valente
Richard Vetere
Dan Yaccarino
Robert Zweig

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

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