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Columbus Day parade takes to city streets

The annual Columbus Day Parade took place on Sunday, one day ahead of the federal holiday. The procession, including marching bands and military units, began at City Hall Plaza and ended in the North End, with political campaigners and demonstrators against Columbus’s legacy part of the scene.

A Christopher Columbus float rolled down Hanover Street in the North End.Dina Rudick/Globe Staff
Antonella Corazzini, 3, and Teddy Rudnick, 2, of Boston jumped with excitement.Dina Rudick/Globe Staff
City Councilor Michelle Wu held her son as she marched in the parade.Dina Rudick/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
Vietnam veteran Sylvester "Sly" Egidio, of East Boston, carried a nonfunctional M16 as he waved to spectators.Dina Rudick/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh greeted a spectator with a kiss on the cheek.Dina Rudick/Globe Staff
Spectators stationed at Tresca on Hanover Street snapped photos.Dina Rudick/Globe Staff
A member of the Crusaders Senior Drum and Bugle Corps performed while marching.Dina Rudick/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
Among those demonstrating against the parade were (from left) Kristina Jacobs of Woburn, Emerson Goldstein of Wellesley, and Liz Wendell of Wellesley.Dina Rudick/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
A protester carried a sign. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff