The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park held an Independence Day celebration in the park featuring a full day of fun family events on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Free activities included a parade through the park, led by Uncle Sam on stilts followed by entertainment from Big Joe the Storyteller, T-Bone the modern pied piper, Tanglewood Marionettes and Peter O’Malley the Magician. There were tables of fun from the New England Aquarium and NEMPAC’s popular instrument zoo. Leading the group in the national anthem was NEMPAC’s Christina Riccio. Boston Fire added to the fun bringing Ladder 1 and letting kids shoot the fire hose into the harbor. Lawn games were also a big hit on the West Lawn and Boston Animal Control was on hand to help educate dog owners in the park.

The event committee was co-chaired by FOCCP members Kathleen Tedesco and Laura Benvenuto. The group thanks its sponsors for the event: Al Dente Restaurant, Boston Pushcart, Benevento’s, Elite Boston Landmark Realty, Joe’s American Bar & Grill, Marriott Long Wharf, and Sunstone Hotel Investors plus the FOCCP membership whose yearly contributions help fund this and other events. 

Photos by Matt Conti. Download and order prints here.

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    • Wow! Christopher Columbus Park was the ONLY place to be on Sat. June 29th. Cheers to the FOCCP gang that worked their magic to produce a truly fabulous Event. Matts pictures capture the joy and delight of young and old alike. Love living in the North End.
      A very proud and happy resident and FOCCP member.

      Michele Brogan

  1. It was a glorious day for children and adults alike. We had a wonderful turnout from the neighborhood. We also had so many people who were new to the Park, including visitors from beyond the ‘hood, out-of-town and out-of-the country. There are more pictures and action shots on the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park face-book page. Please check them out and see whether your neighbors, or maybe you, are there. No names are posted.
    Thank you Matt, for always being there for FOCCP.
    Meredith

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