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.
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Boston’s Veterans Day Parade took place on Sunday, November 11th, led by Mayor Marty Walsh and proceeded around Boston Common to City Hall. Military units and local militias were joined by marching bands and veterans organizations. Following the first parade was the annual Veterans for Peace Parade, recognizing Armistice Day, a Day of Peace. Photographer Gerri Palladino Read More…