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Columbus Day parade celebrates diversity

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PROVIDENCE -

It's an annual tradition that draws more than 100,000 people to the city each year, and now, more than ever it's not just Italians having all the fun.

The sights and sounds of a parade fun for folks young and old, and an annual tradition for many people, like Cindy Wilmot.

Wilmot is a Federal Hill Resident, who told NBC 10 "it is a tradition - absolutely. And if you come, you get a different group of people at night, children during the day it's great fun."

And as always, the streets are loaded with Italian-Americans, but these days the parade is attracting and featuring a diverse group, a reflection of the cultural melting pot that is the capital city.

Providence resident Marissa Lopes is a fan of the diversity, "I think that's awesome. Providence is made up of - is multi-cultural, I think everyone should partake and learn about different cultures so I think that's great."

As the Providence Police pipes and drums entertain the masses, it's hard to overlook the absence of the National Guard, not participating because of the Government Shutdown.

It is an absence that is felt by many, including Wilmot, who expressed her frustration with the ongoing shutdown to NBC 10, "because of the whole crazy shutdown I think we should get rid of all the politicians and start all over again. It's ridiculous."

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