71st Annual Columbus Day Parade takes over Fifth Avenue

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The Stonybrook band seen marching in the 2013 Columbus Day Parade. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The Stony Brook band is seen here marching in the 2013 Columbus Day Parade. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

MIDTOWN, Manhattan — Half-a-million spectators are expected to line Fifth Avenue for the Annual Columbus Day parade Monday.

According to the parade’s organizers, the Columbus Citizens Foundation, 35,000 marchers are expected when the parade starts 11 a.m. Monday.

The celebration will stretch up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd Street. Red carpet performances will be at Fifth Avenue between 67th and 69th Streets.

The following street closures will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Fifth Avenue from 44th to 75th Street, 43rd to 47th Street between Sixth and Madison Avenues, 73rd and 74th Street between Fifth And Madison Avenues and 69th Street and 70th Street between 5th and Park Avenue is also subject to closure.

There will be 100 groups marching, including a dozen high school bands, colorful floats as well as virtuosi professional groups from the U.S. and Italy.

Alberto Cribiore, the vice chairman of Citi Institutional Clients Group, will be this year’s grand marshal.

The parade celebrates Christopher Columbus’ 1492 expedition and Italian-American culture.