Columbus Day Activities Close Streets and Offices
Forecasters say the remnants of Hurricane Nate will be dampening Columbus Day festivities and could cause some pooling of water in poor drainage areas but no large areas of flooding are expected.
In Binghamton, the Columbus Day Tournament of Bands high school marching band competition and the Italian Festal are to take place, starting with an Italian flag raising at 9 a.m. at City Hall with the band competition starting at 10 a.m. at Main and Arthur Streets, progressing east to the County Court House.
Water Street is closed between Court and Henry Streets and Main and Court Streets will be closed during the parade.
Many schools are out of session for the day. Government offices are closed and there is no mail delivery. Banks are also closed as are some businesses.
Residents are encouraged to call ahead to see if a business or office is open.
Meanwhile some groups continue to push to mark "Indigenous People Day" instead of Columbus Day to honor native populations.