While Other Cities Wilt, Columbus Day is Alive and Well in Philadelphia

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While the war on Christmas will likely heat up in the coming weeks, another holiday is also facing more and more scrutiny from liberals. There is without a doubt a war on Columbus Day and more salvos are being fired.

Minneapolis, Seattle, Oklahoma City, and others have decided to remove Christopher Columbus’ name from the holiday. Those cities are instead calling the holiday Indigenous People’s Day. A slap in the face to not only those of Italian descent but to all traditional Americans. The good news is plenty of Americans are not giving in to this latest stab at revisionist history, instead choosing to fight back.

While Minneapolis, Seattle, and OKC are going with this hipster contrarian stance, Philadelphia isn’t budging. On Sunday, Philly held it’s 57th annual Columbus Day Parade and Festival and the crowds were packed in like a pound of prosciutto in a half pound wrapper. The pride in America, Italy, and yes–Christopher Columbus was everywhere.

The celebration took place on a beautiful sunny fall day. The parade lasted for hours while Italian music delighted young and old alike. The aroma of delicious traditional foods filled the air. Legendary performer Frankie Avalon served as Grand Marshal of the parade. He had plenty of company.

The parade included bands, marchers, cheerleaders, service members, and school kids. Smiles were on everyone’s faces. The melting pot that is the United States was on display.

Families delighted in all the day had to offer. There was even a big canoli debate. Now, some think this should be attacked. Even taken away. If you don’t like it, don’t participate. Why must the Left always call for the elimination of things they don’t agree with? That’s un-American to the core.

Fortunately, while some look to tear down Columbus and the holiday many of us look forward to every year, others are standing up and speaking out. Those in attendance in Philadelphia are appalled at the attack on their special day. “Christopher Columbus was a great man,” Angelo Foglietta said. “Without him, we wouldn’t have the country as we know it. We’re here to celebrate our heritage and to honor Christopher Columbus.” He calls the renaming of the day to Indigenous People’s Day a “disgrace”.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who wrote Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas, a book about the very real war on Christmas has spoken up for Columbus Day too. On Columbus Day 2013 she wrote “Thank goodness for the determination of all bold explorers and innovators—yesterday and today—who don’t let the critics hold them back. May their courage and determination always inspire us to greater heights and encourage us today to seek responsible resource development opportunities.”

Those words are very poignant. The critics are rabid and nasty in 2015. You must fight for what you believe in and don’t give in to the progressive agenda.

So on this Columbus Day let’s take a cue from Columbus himself. Be bold and don’t be afraid.

With Christmas, the secular Left refrains from mentioning the very name at every turn. With Columbus Day they are looking to change the name all together. It can’t happen if commonsense Americans have anything to say about it. Happy Columbus Day to all. Now, I need to catch up on my Indigenous People’s Day shopping.


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