- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Thousands of people have lined New York’s Fifth Avenue to cheer the annual Columbus Day parade in the nation’s largest city.

Marching bands, floats and politicians marched up the famous thoroughfare Monday.

Beyond commemorating Columbus, the parade has also become a celebration of New Yorkers of Italian heritage.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are each of Italian descent. They were warmly received along the route.

But the two men have been locked in a bitter political feud and did not interact during the festivities.

The crowds were enthusiastic on a mild fall day, but the parade also annually elicits criticism.

Some people gathered near the parade to celebrate what they called Indigenous People Day out of protest of Christopher Columbus’ treatment of Native Americans.

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