NEW YORK — The Columbus Citizens Foundation has announced that Massimo Ferragamo, the chairman of fashion line Ferragamo USA, has been named grand marshal of the 75th annual Columbus Day Parade.
The Columbus Day parade, the largest celebration of Italian-American heritage and culture in the United States, will step off at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 14. As grand marshal, Ferragamo 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.
Columbus Citizens Foundation President Marian Pardo praised Ferragamo’s success as a prominent Italian business leader and referenced his contributions to philanthropy and community service.
“Massimo’s role as the vanguard of a classic Italian brand makes him the perfect choice to serve as grand marshal for our 75th anniversary of the Columbus Day Parade,” Pardo said. “And his individual accomplishments in wine-making and the creation of one of the most luxurious getaways in Italy, Castiglion del Bosco, are exceptional. His status as an Italian with roots in both Italy and the U.S.A. are perfectly themed to have him lead our parade.”
“I am honored and pleased to join the ranks of distinguished Italians and Italian-Americans who have served in this incredibly special role before me,” Ferragamo said. “The special relationship between Italy and the United States has been at the core of the Ferragamo business since its inception, and I’m so very proud to accept this honor also in memory of my parents Salvatore and Wanda, who loved the U.S.A. as if it were their second home country.” IAH