By Robin Stevenson
Fall is a great time to visit the Big Apple. Not only are there fewer crowds, you’ll enjoy a break in airfares and rates until the peak season begins again in November. If you’re planning a trip, make sure to add these three events to your itinerary.
First celebrated in New York City on September 19, 1926 by newly arrived immigrants from Naples, the Feast of San Gennaro is celebrated along Mulberry Street New York City’s Little Italy. In addition to food, carnival games and musical performances for the whole family, the celebration ends on September 23 with a spectacular parade starting, at 2 p.m., with floats, marching bands and the statue of San Gennaro carried through the streets.
The second Monday of October is Thanksgiving in Canada, but our American friends celebrate Columbus Day. And in New York City, more than 35,000 people participate in the Columbus Day parade honoring Christopher Columbus and the achievements of Italian-Americans and their contribution to the country’s growth. The parade begins at 11:45 a.m. at Fifth Avenue and 44th Street and winds up around 3 p.m. at Fifth and 79th Street.
This annual celebration at Historic Battery Park in Lower Manhattan features more than 120 of New York City’s arts and cultural organizations in one place at one time — and it’s free! With plenty of hands-on activities for kids and live performances, this festival has something for all ages. Open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day.