The 2014 Columbus Day celebration brought out hundreds to the namesake park as kids of all ages joined in events hosted by the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park. In what has become an annual tradition, the free family day kicked off with a kids parade and promenade through the park. At the conclusion of the parade, there was a short ceremony at the Christopher Columbus statue, including a wreath laying ceremony led by Italian Consul General Nicola Di Santis, Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines. As part of the ceremony, NEMPAC’s singers performed “God Bless America” and “O Sole Mio.”

Entertainment through the day featured performances by Jenny the Juggler, Peter O’Malley the Magician, Big Joe the Storyteller, Jim the Bubble Guy and Stomp! Israeli Style Dance & Body Percussion. Other fun activities included face-painting, NEMPAC’s famous crafts and music table, lawn games with prizes, and tours of a real working Boston Fire truck.

 Friends of Christopher Columbus Park celebrate Columbus Day
Friends of Christopher Columbus Park celebrate Columbus Day
 Parade through the Park
Parade through the Park
 (L-R) Event organizers Mary Marenghi, Ann Babbitt, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, Italian Consul General Nicola Di Santis, Christopher Columbus on Stilts, FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines and NEMPAC
(L-R) Event organizers Mary Marenghi, Ann Babbitt, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, Italian Consul General Nicola Di Santis, Christopher Columbus on Stilts, FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines and NEMPAC’s Sherri Snow
 Christopher Columbus on stilts leads the parade
Christopher Columbus on stilts leads the parade
 Italian Consul General Nicola Di Santis
Italian Consul General Nicola Di Santis
 Christopher Columbus on stilts with his statue
Christopher Columbus on stilts with his statue
 FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines opens the event
FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines opens the event
 The one and only Jenny the Juggler
The one and only Jenny the Juggler
 Parade on Atlantic Avenue
Parade on Atlantic Avenue
 Singing God Bless America
Singing God Bless America
 Through the legs of Columbus
Through the legs of Columbus
 Salvatore Atti sings O Sole Mio
Salvatore Atti sings O Sole Mio
 Parade through the Park
Parade through the Park
 State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz speaks to the crowd
State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz speaks to the crowd
 Peter O
Peter O’Malley the Magician
 Greg and Mike Merenghi
Greg and Mike Marenghi’s Bake Sale
 Columbus Day Celebration at the Park
Columbus Day Celebration at the Park

Photos by Matt Conti. See high resolution gallery.

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  1. KUDOS to the very talented Matt Conti. What a wonderful recap of a fabulous event. The weather co-operated and joy was everywhere. This Event is the jewel in the FOCCP crown. Every year the very creative and energetic volunteers make their magic and bring the Event to a new level. Perhaps Channel 4 needs to take a better look. Thanks for another memorable Columbus Day celebration.

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