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For the second time in history, the Italian flag was raised at Boston City Hall next to the American flag. The October 9th ceremony kicked off the Italian Heritage events for Columbus Day weekend. Highlighting this year’s event was the Giostra Cavalleresca di Sulmona from the Abruzzo region of Italy. The group brought their medieval Gostra (Joust) costumes, trumpets, drums and flag throwing performances.

 Italian Heritage Celebration at Boston City Hall with Giostra Cavalleresca di Sulmona
Italian Heritage Celebration at Boston City Hall with Giostra Cavalleresca di Sulmona
 Italian Flag Raising at Boston City Hall
Italian Flag Raising at Boston City Hall
 Giostra Cavalleresca di Sulmona - Flag Performer
Giostra Cavalleresca di Sulmona – Flag Performer
 Head of Giostra Cavalleresca from Sulmona Italy
Head of Giostra Cavalleresca from Sulmona Italy
 Giostra Cavalleresca di Sulmona - Flag Performance
Giostra Cavalleresca di Sulmona – Flag Performance
 City Councilor Salvatore LaMattina at the Italian Heritage celebration and flag raising
City Councilor Salvatore LaMattina at the Italian Heritage celebration and flag raising
 Flag performer from Sulmona Italy
Flag performer from Sulmona Italy
 Filippo Frattaroli (right) and member of Giostra Cavalleresca di Sulmona
Filippo Frattaroli (right) and member of Giostra Cavalleresca di Sulmona
 Dignitaries at Italian Flag Raising - Boston City Hall
Dignitaries at Italian Flag Raising – Boston City Hall
 Giostra Cavalleresca di Sulmona
Giostra Cavalleresca di Sulmona
 Italian Flag Raising at Boston City Hall
Italian Flag Raising at Boston City Hall
 State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz
State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz
 Member of Giostra Cavalleresca di Sulmona
Member of Giostra Cavalleresca di Sulmona
 Trumpeters from Giostra Cavalleresca di Sulmona
Trumpeters from Giostra Cavalleresca di Sulmona
 East Boston State Rep. Adrian Madaro
East Boston State Rep. Adrian Madaro
 Members of Giostra Cavalleresca di Sulmona
Members of Giostra Cavalleresca di Sulmona
 Italian and American Flags at Boston City Hall
Italian and American Flags at Boston City Hall

Photos by Matt Conti.

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