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.