Tired of the narrow-minded bigots and ideologues who increasingly dominate the Supreme Court? Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will appear in town on Monday as the Grand Marshal of the annual Columbus Day Parade. The parade, which celebrates the life of the "Great Discoverer", begins at 11 a.m. at 44th and 5th Ave. It will proceed up 5th Ave. to 79th St. before turning east to 3rd Ave. Give this rightwing crackpot the New York welcome he deserves!

Antonin Scalia Named Grand Marshal of Columbus Day Parade

NEW YORK, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, will be Grand Marshal of Manhattan's 2005 Columbus Day Parade, Lawrence Auriana, president of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, announced today. The parade, which is produced by the non-profit Foundation, is the largest Columbus Day event in the world and will be held on New York's Fifth Avenue on October 10, 2005.

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"We are honored that Justice Scalia has accepted our invitation to be Grand Marshal of the 2005 Columbus Day Parade, the themes of which are justice and human rights," said Mr. Auriana. "Justice Scalia is the first American of Italian ancestry to serve on the Supreme Court. His majority and dissenting opinions command admiration and respect for their intellectual rigor among people from all sides of the political landscape. He is a great Italian- American whose achievements are a source of inspiration and pride."

In accepting the Foundation's invitation, Justice Scalia remarked, "This is the top of the hill, to be Grand Marshal in your hometown. I marched down Fifth Avenue many times as part of Xavier High School's Regiment. For an Italian kid from Queens, there could be no greater thrill than to march one last time, as Grand Marshal of the Columbus Day Parade."