Chicago Columbus Day Parade returns after 2020 cancellation due to COVID pandemic

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Thursday, August 26, 2021
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The downtown Chicago parade was canceled last year due to the COVID pandemic.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The annual Columbus Day Parade is returning this year to downtown Chicago.

It was canceled last fall and replaced with a car parade because of the COVID pandemic.

The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans introduced this year's queen and court Wednesday night.

The parade is at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11 on State Street from Wacker Drive to Van Buren Street.

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This will be the 69th annual parade, according to the JCCIA website.

Founded in 1952, the JCCIA serves as a congress for the Chicagoland Italian American organizations and represents the community on a local, state, national and international level, the site said.

It recently filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Park District to return a statue of Christopher Columbus to Arrigo Park, which was removed after civil unrest last year.

Activists argue Columbus contributed to the genocide of indigenous Americans.