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The yearly Italian festival will have a new look this year due to the coronavirus. Traditionally held in early June, the 96th Santa Lucia Italian Festival will be held on August 22nd and 23rd. The organizers had to put the festival on hold because of the virus. The festival will be reduced to two days instead of the normal four. Of course, the fest...

Since 1938, visitors have flocked to the mountains just west of Golden to learn about and pay tribute to Frances Xavier Cabrini, the Catholic saint who established 67 schools, hospitals and orphanages around the U.S., including in Colorado. Now, the rest of the state is about to become more familiar with Cabrini as well, as a result of the Colorado...

For more than a century, the Christopher Columbus Piazza in the 100 block of Abriendo Avenue has served as the hub for celebrations of the federal holiday dedicated to the Italian explorer. Built in 1905 by members of the local Italian community, the monument, capped by a large bronze bust of Columbus, has come to symbolize the opening of the New W...

Memorials to Christopher Columbus are coming down across the United States, but the one in Pueblo will stay up for now. Mayor Nick Gradisar had a Community Connections Event Friday, with the memorial in Mesa Junction a big topic. Demonstrations have been held there in recent weeks, with protesters calling for its removal while the city's Italian co...

All across the country, Christopher Columbus statues have been toppled to the ground. Denver was no exception. However, the city’s statue in Civic Center Park wasn’t the only reference to Columbus that is possibly being erased from our city’s landscape. Denver City Councilmember Amanda Sandoval is leading the push to rename north Denver’s Columbus...

Columbus Park, in Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood, has been a gathering place for families for decades. The sign bearing the Italian explorer’s name for the park has been removed. The sign’s disappearance both pleased and surprised Arturo Bones Rodriguez. “I looked over and I said wow it’s down. Now the next thing was, who took it down. Was it prot...

Italian-Americans plan to meet with Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar after two people were arrested during Sunday's rally over the Christopher Columbus monument. Pueblo police say 66-year-old James Pospahala of Pueblo was cited for disorderly conduct and 28-year-old Daniel Gilette of San Antonio, Texas, was arrested for interference, resisting arrest. Bo...

America’s Last Little Italy: The Hill will debut online July 10th through 19th aspart of the 20th annual St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. This historical documentary traces the roots of the venerable St. Louis neighborhood known as “The Hill.”. Check out the trailer: America’s Last Little Italy: The Hill tells the story of this unique Italian-America...

Claiming that the monument glorifies a rapist, slave trader and murderer, an outspoken and impassioned collective of about 75 activists on Sunday called for the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue from the Mesa Junction. The statue is the centerpiece of the Christopher Columbus Piazza, site of the annual Columbus Day celebration in honor of...

Another controversial statue has been torn down in Denver. The 15-foot bronze sculpture in Civic Center Park was designed by Denver sculptor William F. Joseph. It has a four-sided human figure encircled in rings and symbolizes the globe. It’s titled "In Honor of Christopher Columbus." Video shows people attempting to pull the structure down Thursda...

No protesters have been charged for tearing down a statue of Christopher Columbus outside the Minnesota State Capitol on June 10, despite the governor pledging "consequences" for those involved. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's investigation continues "as the BCA works to identify other participants in the incident, beyond the leader...

Wednesday marked 50 years since the dedication of a statue in Denver's Civic Center to Christopher Columbus, though it may not stay that way for long. "We are right now working with Arts and Venues to look at the history of that statue," Mayor Michael Hancock said to reporters at a news conference amid calls from protest leaders to remove the statu...