Number of Columbus Day parade spectators in Denver declines

Denver, Colorado (AP) 10-09

Supporters of the Columbus Day parade marched on despite freezing temperatures but police say their numbers were down from last year.

Denver police technician Loretta Beauvais says there were also about 12 to 15 protesters at the parade but no one was arrested. Police did not have a count of how many Columbus Day supporters participated in the parade but Beauvais says their numbers were clearly down from last year.

The 40-minute parade included three floats, including a replica of the Santa Maria and a Frank Sinatra impersonator.

The parade has been contentious in the past but the last two years have seen no arrests. In 2007, 83 protesters, including American Indian Movement activist Russell Means, were arrested.

 
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