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64th Columbus Day Parade in East Boston on Sunday, October 7, 2012

At the 2011 Columbus Day Parade in the North End, Mayor Menino joins local elected officials and community leaders at Christopher Columbus Park in front of the statue of Christopher Columbus. The 2012 parade is on October 7th in East Boston. (Photo by Matt Conti)

The annual Christopher Columbus Day Parade alternates each year between the North End and East Boston. This year is Eastie’s turn on October 7, 2012. Details are in the announcement below from the parade committee:

The City of Boston and the East Boston Columbus Day Parade Committee invite all of greater Boston to the 64th annual Christopher Columbus Day Parade which will be held on Sunday, October 7, 2012 from 1-4 PM. The parade will start at Orient Heights, proceed down Bennington St. into Day Square onto Maverick Square and conclude at Central Square.

This year is the 200th Anniversary of the USS Constitution’s battle in the War of 1812 and the Parade Committee is pleased to host the Pikemen of Old Ironsides along with its Commanding Officer Matthew J. Bonner. In addition, the committee is thrilled to welcome to East Boston Capt. John Dorey and the visiting sailors from the USS Anzio, one of our country’s finest guided missile cruisers docked at South Boston’s North Jetty from October 5-9.

The parade has over 20 marching bands from throughout New England and estimated crowd attendance will be 150,000 people. Also, special mention in the parade will be all the Grand Lodges of the Sons of Italy in Massachusetts, the wonderful Shriners Parade Units and The Polish String Band, one of the finest “Mummers Band” from Philadelphia.

It is expected that both Senator Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren will participate along with Mayor Menino and other local elected officials. The public is advised to use the T Blue Line public transportation with stops at Orient Heights, Wood Island and Maverick stations.

4 Replies to “64th Columbus Day Parade in East Boston on Sunday, October 7, 2012

  1. The route I have is:
    Starting out of Suffolk Downs parking lot on to Walley Street. Coming onto Bennington Street, following Bennington Street all the way to Chelsea Street, continuing on Chelsea Street to Meridian Street, stopping on Meridian Street — by the main office of East Boston Savings Bank. Reviewing stand will be next stop at the ITAM Post, here the parade will be broadcast live, continuing on Meridian Street to the end at Central Square, dispersing by McDonalds and Liberty Market Plaza.

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