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Controversy led to stars of the show being uninvited from the New York Columbus Day Parade
Italian American groups didn’t just complain — they took action! Issues arose after the airing of the episode “Christopher,” which dealt with a Columbus Day Parade and the complicated relationship Italian Americans have with the holiday. Despite the show’s stance as pro-Columbus Day, stars from the show were uninvited from participating in a real Columbus Day Parade. The Columbus Citizens Foundation, the organizers of the New York parade, objected to Mayor Bloomberg inviting Lorraine Bracco and Dominic Chianese to the festivities. A District Court judge ruled that they could disinvite whoever they wanted and the two were left out of the parade. So, in solidarity, Bloomberg also sat it out and had lunch with the two TV stars!