Preparations are complete for the annual Columbus Day tradition in the city of Binghamton. The 54th annual Columbus Day Tournament of Bands Parade will be held Monday. YNN's Carmella Mataloni reports.
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- The city of Binghamton is the place to be on Columbus Day for plenty of food, music, and fun activities.
The annual Columbus Day Tournament of Bands Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. on Monday. It is one of the biggest celebrations of the year as nearly 10,000 people are expected.
The parade steps off at the corner of Main Street and Arthur Street, and continues through the circle. Although there are several organizations marching in the parade, the high school marching bands are the highlight.
Nine different bands from around the regions will be participating this year. According to organizers, this parade is something residents look forward to all year long.
"We try to add more fun elements to the parade, and we switched over to Splash last year and that had more people dancing in the streets after. We just try to make it fun and easy, it's a nice easy Columbus Day," said Ron Sall, Downtown Binghamton Business Association President.
After the parade, the annual Italian Festival will take place on Court Street and Water Street. Food will be made by members of the Saint Mary's Auxillary, Sons of Italy and the Abruzzi Club.