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Fun Columbus Day Event at the Park Draws Hundreds From Community [Photos]

Hundreds of kids of all ages celebrated Columbus Day at the namesake waterfront park, thanks to the efforts of the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park. The scene included a very fun (and just the right length) parade around the park with community leaders and lots (and lots) of families.) FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines introduced Italian Consul General Giuseppe Pastorelli, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, Eliot School Principal Traci Walker Griffith and Boston’s Commissioner of Veterans’ Services, Francisco Urena.

Young and old were delighted by Magician Peter O’Malley, Jenny the Juggler, Big Joe the Storyteller and the Tanglewood Marionettes. Joining in the fun was NEMPAC with face painting and the instrument zoo. The New England Aquarium also ran a table with a touch and learn animal traveling exhibit. Topping off the day was a concluding concert by Cornell University’s “Last Call” performing a Capella. Sponsors for this event include Al Dente, Benevento’s, Boston Pushcart, CL Waterfront Properties and Tia’s Restaurant.

Photos by Matt Conti. Download and get prints here.

A parade around the park concluded at the namesake statue with a group photo.


From the left, Veteran Services Commissioner, Francisco Urena, Italian Consul General Guiseppe Pastorelli, FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines and State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz.


The west lawn of the park was used for fun games of all capabilities.


From the left, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, Eliot School Principal, Traci Walker Griffith, FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines and Boston’s Veteran Services Commissioner Francisco Urena.


Staff from the New England Aquarium teach kids about marine life with their touch exhibit at the park.


Magician Peter O’Malley mesmorizes the young crowd with tricks.


Founding FOCCP President, Dan Nuzzo, joins in the parade with Liz Greene.


The young crowd sings along.


What exactly does Peter O’Malley have in his hand?


Jenny the Juggler brings out the guitar.


97 year old Lee Sullivan (red coat) celebrates with the Italian Consul General (brown jacket), Boston Veterans Affairs Commissioner (far left), FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines and State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz.


FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines and State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz address the crowd.


FOCCP supporter, Kathy Ray!


The funnest parade in Boston.



State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz thanks the crowd and FOCCP for their work in the park.


Italian flag themed balloons at Christopher Columbus Park.


Walking the CCP lawn.


Even some of the big kids came out to enjoy the park, Robert Dello Russo (left) and Stephen Passacantilli.










NEMPAC’s Alexandra sings the Star Spangled Banner to start the day’s activities.


State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and Joanne Hayes-Rines pose with some young fans.









What’s better than a parade in the park?



NEMPAC’s Jeremy Sarzana keeps everyone in marching order.



Leading the banner of FOCCP through the park in a celebratory parade.


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