Colorado was the first state to make Columbus Day an official holiday, in 1907. The federal government soon followed suit, and on Monday, state and federal offices will be closed to to mark the day, which will be celebrated with a Columbus Day Parade tomorrow. But while that parade was marked by rancorous protests over the past two decades, the last two years have been quiet -- and this year seems positively sleepy. The organizers have been quiet about pushing the parade; the "announcement" page of the columbusdayparade.com site is blank, although there is a map of the parade route. But then, the protesters have been quiet, too: The Transform Columbus Day site hasn't been updated since 2011.
Sean Cronin The two sides clashed at the 2007 Columbus Day Parade.