The North End Bi-Annual Columbus Day Parade was held Sunday October 11, beginning at City Hall Plaza and making its way through downtown Boston and the waterfront and into the North End. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was Grand Marshall accompanied by District 1 City Councilor Sal LaMattina and State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz. All four City Councilors-at-large marched, Stephen Murphy, Ayanna Pressley,Michelle Wu and Michael Flaherty along with candidate Annissa Essaibi-George.
One uninvited group were demonstrators protesting Columbus Day as a holiday. See this post for more on the protests. Still, the vast majority of parade goers took it all in stride and enjoyed the day celebrating Italian-American heritage and thanking our US Armed Forces. The biggest crowds of parade onlookers were at Columbus Park, Hanover and Endicott Streets in the North End.
Leading the first division were Boston Police and Firehonor guard, U.S. Air Force and other military. Of course, there were plenty of marching bands, drum & bugle corps, antique cars, North End feast floats, Italian-American organizations and community groups. The parade organizers were happy to welcome back the Order Sons of Italy to the North End parade this year.
A special highlight of 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 performers. Also representing Italy was the Boston Consul General Nicola De Santis.
Enjoy this photo gallery below from the day across the parade route. The parade will run on BNN TV, Channel 9, on Tuesday, October 13th at 4:00, Wednesday, October 14th at 11:00 am, Friday October 16th at 12:30 pm, Saturday October 17th at 1:00 pm, Saturday October 17th at 9:30 pm and Sunday October 18th at 12:00.
A message from the Chairman of the North End Columbus Day Parade to be held in October 2015. This parade was started back in the early 50’s by the V.F.W of our neighborhood. Every year they would celebrate their Italian American Heritage with a Grand Parade through this great North End neighborhood, our “little Italy”. Through the Read More…
On Sunday, October 7th, the annual Columbus Day Parade was held in East Boston. The parade began at Suffolk Downs, marched down Bennington Street, and ended at Maverick Square near the waterfront. Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined in the parade. Honorary Chief Marshal was Mayor Martin Walsh. Chief Marshal was East. Boston Read More…
VFW Post 144 held their annual Memorial Day ceremonies in the North End. A Mass was held at St. Leonard Church followed by a procession on Hanover Street to the memorials on the Prado and the military dog tag display outside Old North Church. Photos by Michele Morgan.