Oct 12, 2009 4:30 PM by David Ortiviz

Columbus Day ceremony attracts supporters, protestors

Monday morning dozens of people braved the cold weather in Pueblo to celebrate Columbus Day at a statue of the Italian explorer. Supporters waved Italian and American flags as they listened to several speakers, including Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, a retired Italian-American boxer.

But not everyone at the annual event was there to celebrate. About a dozen protestors waved anti-Columbus Day signs and shouted phrases such as "No more Columbus Day." Some Native Americans and others believe Columbus Day is a celebration of genocide--and they want the federal holiday abolished.

At one point the protestors were ordered by police to put away their bullhorns and drums because the city restricts noise levels when animals are present at an event. The animals in this case, were two horses being used by the Pueblo Police Department as mounted patrols.


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