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69th Annual Columbus Day Parade Kicks Off Downtown; Indigenous Peoples Day Rally In Rogers Park

CHICAGO (CBS)-- The 69th annual Columbus Day parade will march down State Street Monday afternoon.

It kicks-off from Wacker Drive at 1p.m., heading south to Van Buren.

There, the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans will talk about status of the holiday, and Columbus statues that have been removed from around Chicago.

Those statues were taken down as a push to rename the holiday, Indigenous Peoples Day grows.

Supporters of the name change point to Columbus's history of murder, genocide and other violent crimes committed against the Native American people he encountered.

The Cook County board has delayed a vote to rename the holiday. A protest rally was planned for Monday afternoon at 10 a.m. in Pottawattomie Park located in Rogers Park.

Just this past Friday President Joe Biden issued the first-ever presidential proclamation of Indigenous Peoples Day that will now be observed on Oct. 11.


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