Columbus Day parade proceeds peacefully

Denver, Colorado (AP) 10-08

There were protesters at Denver’s annual Columbus Day parade, but no arrests.

Police say the parade and protests were peaceful. The parade has a history of confrontations between organizers and activists who believe Columbus was a slave trader whose explorations touched off centuries of oppression of Native Americans.

Last year, 83 protesters, including American Indian Movement activist Russell Means, were arrested.

This year, the cold, wet weather may have dampened turnout. The parade was stopped briefly when a group of activists tried to present organizers with a “Treaty of Transformation.”

Parade supporters waved U.S. and Italian flags. Denver had its first Columbus Day parade in 1907.