Barnes & Noble Announces More Than 100 Italian-American Authors Marching Up Fifth Avenue in the Columbus Citizens Foundation’s Annual Columbus Day Parade

Chairman and Founder of Barnes & Noble Leonard Riggio Is This Year’s Grand Marshal and Created the Theme “A Celebration of Italian-American Authors”

Barnes & Noble Will Hand Out 50,000 Copies of The Constitution of the United States of America with the Declaration of Independence for Free at the Parade

NEW YORK--()--Barnes & Noble, Inc., along with the Columbus Citizens Foundation, today announced that more than 100 Italian-American authors will be marching up Fifth Avenue in this year’s Columbus Day Parade. Chairman and Founder of Barnes & Noble, Leonard Riggio, was named Grand Marshal of the 73rd Columbus Day Parade and created the theme for this year, “A Celebration of Italian-American Authors.” He invited Italian-American authors from across the country to participate in the parade and received an overwhelming response. The full list of authors includes bestsellers like David Baldacci, Lorenzo Carcaterra, Nelson DeMille, Wally Lamb, Lisa Scottoline, Gay Talese, Adriana Trigiani, and more. Other well-known authors marching in the parade include Danny Aiello, Tony Danza and Susan Lucci, plus many other big names listed below. In addition, Barnes & Noble will hand out 50,000 copies of a beautifully bound edition of The Constitution of the United States of America with the Declaration of Independence for free at the parade.

“I have long held the belief that Italian-American writers have received little recognition for their contribution to America’s literary heritage, and that’s why I am so pleased to honor these 100 plus authors who will be marching with me in the parade,” said Mr. Riggio. “In addition, we decided to hand out 50,000 copies of The Constitution of the United States of America with the Declaration of Independence at this year’s parade, because at this time in our country’s history we recognize how important these documents are in bringing us together.”

Angelo Vivolo, President of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, had this to say; “The Columbus Citizens Foundation is so honored to have Leonard Riggio as this year’s Grand Marshal in our 73rd annual parade. His celebration of Italian-American authors and his creation of this year’s Parade theme are both clear indications of the Parade’s intention of celebrating Italian-American culture and achievement.”

Following is the full list of Italian-American authors participating in this year’s Columbus Day Parade:

Filomena Abys-Smith    

Rina Ferrarelli


Paul Paolicelli

Lauren Acampora

Luigi Fontanella

Enrico Pellegrini

Marisa Acocella Marchetto

Marisa Frasca

Valerie Pepe

Kim Addonizio

Jamie Freveletti

Peter Pezzelli

Danny Aiello

Marc Gallicchio

Felice Picano

J.J. Anselmo

Fred Gardaphé

John Positano

Michael Ausiello

John Gennari

Dr. Rock Positano

David Baldacci

Catherine Gigante-Brown

Stanislao Pugliese

Gina Barreca

Edward Giobbi

Rossella Rago

Maria Bartiromo

Joe Giordano

Marianna Randazzo

Lisa Marie Basile

Daniela Gioseffi

Michelle Reale

Raymond Bean

William Giraldi

Karen Rinaldi

Sheryll Bellman

Mary Giuliani

Nicholas Rinaldi

Elizabeth Bettina

Alex Guarnaschelli

Richard Rinaldo

Eugenia Bone

Connie Guzzo-McParland

Gianni Riotta

Louisa Calio

David Hajdu

Mark Rotella

Alisyn Camerota

Ann Harson

Joseph Salvatore

Philip Caputo

Bridget Kinsella

Tom Santopietro

Lorenzo Carcaterra

Jerry Krase

Jill Santopolo

Mary Carlomagno

Wally Lamb

Julie Scelfo

Michael Carosone

Annie Rachele Lanzillotto

Sal Scognamillo

Mary Ann Castronovo Fusco

Loretta LaRoche

Lisa Scottoline

Olivia Kate Cerrone

Maria Laurino

Francesa Serritella

Jeff Cicletti

Anna Lawton

J.R. Sharp

Gabriele Corcos

Joseph LoGiudice

Jim Shephard

Wendy Corsi Staub

Susan Lucci

Steven Sorrentino

Andrew Cuomo

Lorraine Mangione, PhD

Jerry Spinelli

Tony Danza

John Marchese

Helene Stapinski

Stefano De Angelis

Angel Marinaccio

Linda Stasi

Anthony DeCurtis

Donna Masini

Gay Talese

Robyn Stein DeLuca

Mike Massimino

Karen Tintori

Nelson DeMille

Maria Mazziotti Gillan

Joseph Tirella

Rachel Guido deVries

Tom Mendicino

Bill Tonelli

Rocco DiSpirito

Roland Merullo

Adriana Trigiani

John Domini

Mario Mignone

Joanna Valente

Dianne Durante

Paul Moses

Richard Vetere

Louisa Ermelino

Liz Mugavero

Dan Yaccarino

Ed Falco

Caroline Nastro

Robert Zweig

Helena Farrell

Rosemary Novellino-Mearns



The annual parade, the largest celebration of Italian-American heritage and culture in the United States, will take place on Monday, October 9, 2017, beginning at 11:00 a.m. As Grand Marshal, Mr. Riggio will lead dozens of marching bands and floats and over 100 marching groups up the Fifth Avenue parade route, from 44th Street to 72nd Street. The Columbus Day Parade, organized by the Columbus Citizens Foundation, began in 1929 when New York City businessman and Italian immigrant Generoso Pope led a parade from East Harlem to Columbus Circle.

Also being celebrated during the Columbus Day Parade as 2017 Honorees are Dr. Laura Forese, COO of New York Presbyterian and Thomas Iovino, the founder of Judlau Contracting, Inc.

Event: Columbus Day Parade
Location: Fifth Ave. from 44th – 72nd Streets
Date: Monday, October 9, 2017
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Broadcast: WABC-TV, 12 Noon – 3:00 p.m.

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About the Columbus Citizens Foundation
The Columbus Citizens Foundation is a non-profit organization in New York City committed to fostering an appreciation of Italian-American heritage and achievement. The Foundation, through a broad range of philanthropic and cultural activities, provides opportunities for advancement to deserving Italian-American students through various scholarship and grant programs. The Foundation organizes New York City's annual Columbus Celebration and Columbus Day Parade, which has celebrated Italian-American heritage on New York's Fifth Avenue since 1929. For more information, contact


Columbus Citizens Foundation
Jefferson Wilson, 212-249-9923 x242
Fax: 212-737-4413
Director of Marketing & Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Mary Ellen Keating, 212-633-3323
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications


Columbus Citizens Foundation
Jefferson Wilson, 212-249-9923 x242
Fax: 212-737-4413
Director of Marketing & Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Mary Ellen Keating, 212-633-3323
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications