Channel 7's broadcast reached more than 7.4 million television households in 29 counties covering New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. In addition, the parade was viewed live by millions of people along Fifth Avenue and on the Italian television network, RAI International.
"The Columbus Citizens Foundation is delighted that Channel 7 is joining us as the broadcast partner of the 67th Columbus Day Parade," said Frank G. Fusaro, Foundation President. "The parade celebrates Italian American contributions to the United States and each year is enjoyed by millions of people from all walks of life and from scores of different countries and backgrounds. These are the people that Channel 7 serves every day with its outstanding programming and the award-winning, on-the-spot reporting of its Eyewitness News team. We look forward to working with Channel 7 and bringing the joy and excitement of the Columbus Day Parade to viewers at home."
You can see the entire parade on demand in segments in the video player above.
Emmy Award-winning TV journalist, columnist and author Maria Bartiromo and actor, entertainer and producer Joe Piscopo teamed up once again to anchor this year's parade festivities as Channel 7 Eyewitness News Anchor Ken Rosato and Reporter Lisa Colagrossi reported from along the parade route.
This year's event featured over 100 contingents, including virtuoso performances of traditional Italian and Italian American music, dance, and street performers, floats that depict dramatic and colorful tableau of cultural icons, over a dozen marching bands, and national and international dignitaries. Appearing on the Red Carpet during Channel 7's broadcast: American Idol sensation Pia Toscano, Italian chanteuse Giadia Valenti, breathtaking tenor Michael Amante, and the twins Will and Anthony Nunziata, who the Wall Street Journal described as "exuberant and upbeat," among many other acts.
All proceeds from the Parade and related weekend events help fund the Columbus Citizens Foundation's $2 million annual commitment to scholarships for deserving students.