It was a great day for a parade and the 2011 Columbus Day celebrations in the North End / Waterfront. The morning started with a lineup of family friendly activities put on by the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park including puppets, theater, magic and face painting at the park. Mayor Thomas M. Menino led a weath laying ceremony at the statue of Christopher Columbus, joined by State Senator Anthony Petruccelli, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, City Councilor Sal LaMattina, FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines and other local officials. A surprise guest showed up for the photo opp, Sarah Palin’s look-alike, which was fun until she wouldn’t leave.
For the first time, the North End Columbus Day Parade started at Christopher Columbus Park, appropriately, instead of City Hall Plaza. Following the wreath-laying at the statue of Christopher Columbus, Grand Marshall Mayor Thomas M. Menino, started off the parade that included several bands, performers, officials, military, cultural and community groups. The parade winded through the North End streets, organized by the North End Columbus Day Parade Committee. (See photos from the Columbus Day banquet on the previous Friday.)
Thanks to Christine Barton of Measured In Moments Photography for contributing photos. Those photos not otherwise credited are by Matt Conti.