Mayor Bill de Blasio is welcome at this year’s Columbus Day Parade — unlike last year, when the city’s Italian-American fathers snubbed their paisano mayor.
“Absolutely. We welcome the mayor, we respect the mayor,” Angelo Vivolo, chairman of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, said Friday, without explaining the change of heart.
The mayor, who has had a long-running beef with the city’s Italian-American community wasn’t invited to last year’s virtual event.
Disgraced ex-Gov. Cuomo — a proud Italian-American and staunch defender of Christopher Columbus — wasn’t invited to Monday’s Columbus Day Parade, according to a source.
His flack Rich Azzopardi declined to comment — but after The Post reached out to him, Vivolo sent a statement saying that while Cuomo “did not ask to march in the parade, [he] is certainly welcome to join.”
Cuomo has championed the cause of the now-controversial explorer, pushing for statues to remain in prominent places like Columbus Circle and the holiday in his honor to be kept on school calendars.
The mayor, on the other hand, has brawled with the Columbus Citizens Foundation: in 2019, his wife, Chirlane McCray, cut Mother Frances Cabrini, America’s first canonized saint, from a list of honored women under consideration for a statue in the city.
De Blasio drew further ire from his fellow Italian-Americans in May, when the city public school system scrapped the holiday in favor of “Indigenous People’s Day.”
The mayor’s office didn’t return an email asking if de Blasio planned to march.