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North End Columbus Day Parade Features Italian Heritage, US Military, Pols, Floats, Bands and Flag Throwers [Photo Gallery]

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 Fire honor 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.

 Costumed Christopher Columbus and wife Filipa Moniz Perestrelo
Costumed Christopher Columbus and wife Filipa Moniz Perestrelo
 Flag throwers from Sulmona Italy
Flag throwers from Sulmona Italy
 Columbus Float with American flag on Hanover Street
Columbus Float with American flag on Hanover Street
 US Air Force cadets
US Air Force cadets
 Trumpeters from Sulmona Italy
Trumpeters from Sulmona Italy
 Dan Toscano (center) and Toni Gilardi broadcast for BNN TV with help from Sal Bartolo
Dan Toscano (center) and Toni Gilardi broadcast for BNN TV with help from Sal Bartolo
 Regional flags from Italy
Regional flags from Italy
 Saint Agrippina Society
Saint Agrippina Society
 Midieval Warrior
Midieval Warrior
 St. Lucy and St. Anthony Society
St. Lucy and St. Anthony Society
 Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Grand Marshall
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Grand Marshall
 US Submarine Veterans
US Submarine Veterans
 All ages cheering on the parade
All ages cheering on the parade
 With Spooktacular and the Adams Family, (L-R) John Pregmon, Karen D
With Spooktacular and the Adams Family, (L-R) John Pregmon, Karen D’Amico and Michael Magnar
 Blades from the Boston Bruins
Blades from the Boston Bruins
 Italian Flag Carriers
Italian Flag Carriers
 Bass drummer from the North End Marching Band
Bass drummer from the North End Marching Band
 US Air Force Cadets
US Air Force Cadets
 Tony DeMarco, former welterweight boxing champion
Tony DeMarco, former welterweight boxing champion
 Italian Consul General Nicola De Santis and his son march
Italian Consul General Nicola De Santis and his son march
 Melito Irpino Boston Association
Melito Irpino Boston Association
 Duck boat fun in the parade
Duck boat fun in the parade
 Trumpeters from Sulmona march in the parade
Trumpeters from Sulmona march in the parade
 Santa Maria float with Christopher Columbus
Santa Maria float with Christopher Columbus
 Senior Crusaders
Senior Crusaders
 Order Sons of Italy in the North End Christopher Columbus Parade
Order Sons of Italy in the North End Christopher Columbus Parade
 Costumed midieval couple from Sulmona
Costumed midieval couple from Sulmona
 Boston Police Color Guard
Boston Police Color Guard
 Aleppo go carts
Aleppo go carts
 Senior Crusaders
Senior Crusaders
 Flag Carrier
Flag Carrier
 Costumed midieval couple from Sulmona
Costumed midieval couple from Sulmona
 Midieval Maiden from Sulmona
Midieval Maiden from Sulmona
 Aleppo Drummers
Aleppo Drummers
 Sons of Italy Marching Band
Sons of Italy Marching Band
 Costumed midieval flag thrower from Sulmona
Costumed midieval flag thrower from Sulmona
 Costumed midieval drummer from Sulmona
Costumed midieval drummer from Sulmona
 Acton Marching Band
Acton Marching Band
 Michelle Wu - City Councilor at Large
Michelle Wu – City Councilor at Large
 Horn player in marching band
Horn player in marching band
 ROTC color guard
ROTC color guard
 Senior Crusaders color guard
Senior Crusaders color guard
 Aleppo Temple
Aleppo Temple
 Flag thrower from Sulmona
Flag thrower from Sulmona
 US Air Force Honor Guard
US Air Force Honor Guard
 Christopher Columbus float on the Santa Maria
Christopher Columbus float on the Santa Maria
 White Mountains Regional High School Band
White Mountains Regional High School Band
 Aleppo Shriners
Aleppo Shriners
 Wilmington Sons of Italy with John Romano
Wilmington Sons of Italy with John Romano
 City Councilor Sal LaMattina marches with Mayor Marty Walsh (left)
City Councilor Sal LaMattina marches with Mayor Marty Walsh (left)
 Flag throwers on Hanover Street
Flag throwers on Hanover Street
 Victor Emanuel Lodge - Sons of Italy
Victor Emanuel Lodge – Sons of Italy
 Marching band drums
Marching band drums
 Ghost Busters on Hanover Street
Ghost Busters on Hanover Street
 Paesani D
Paesani D’Italia
 Representing Sulmona Italy, Filippo Frattaroli (left)
Representing Sulmona Italy, Filippo Frattaroli (left)
 Trumpeting under the Old North Church and Paul Revere statue in front of the Prado
Trumpeting under the Old North Church and Paul Revere statue in front of the Prado
 North End Marching Band
North End Marching Band
 St. Anthony
St. Anthony’s Society
 Military personnel and vechicles
Military personnel and vechicles
 Italian Flag carriers
Italian Flag carriers
 Fisherman
Fisherman’s Club with Agnes Strazzullo
 Bianca and Ricky on the Saint Anthony
Bianca and Ricky on the Saint Anthony’s Feast trolley
 San Antonio di Padua trolley in the parade with George Hadaya and Joe Cucinotta
San Antonio di Padua trolley in the parade with George Hadaya and Joe Cucinotta
 Salem High School Marching Band
Salem High School Marching Band
 Corrinne (center) on the Saint Anthony
Corrinne (center) on the Saint Anthony’s Feast trolley
 Charlestown High School Air Force Junior ROTC
Charlestown High School Air Force Junior ROTC
 Flag thrower in Salem High School Marching Band
Flag thrower in Salem High School Marching Band
 East Boston US Army JROTC
East Boston US Army JROTC
 Aleppo Shriners
Aleppo Shriners
 United States Air Force Honor Guard
United States Air Force Honor Guard
 United States Air Force Honor Guard marching in step
United States Air Force Honor Guard marching in step
 Aleppo Gong Player
Aleppo Gong Player
 Aleppo Marcher
Aleppo Marcher
 City Councilor at Large, Ayanna Pressley
City Councilor at Large, Ayanna Pressley
 Acton-Boxborough RHS Marching Colonials
Acton-Boxborough RHS Marching Colonials
 Salem HS Marching Band
Salem HS Marching Band
 Boston Police Patrolmen
Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association
 Stephen Murphy, City Councilor at Large
 City Councilor at Large Michael FlahertyCity Councilor at Large Michael Flaherty
 State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz
State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz
Stephen Murphy, City Councilor at Large[/caption]
 American Legion Army Vehicles
American Legion Army Vehicles
 Trumpeters from Sulmona Italy
Trumpeters from Sulmona Italy
 Boston Fire Truck, Engine 8
Boston Fire Truck, Engine 8

Photos by Matt Conti.

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One Reply to “North End Columbus Day Parade Features Italian Heritage, US Military, Pols, Floats, Bands and Flag Throwers [Photo Gallery]

  1. Great Photos Matt~~~~as ALWAYS~~~~You’re THE BEST !!!
    Can’t wait to see the video of Toni Marie Gilardi (my daughter) and Daniel Toscano commentating on the parade !
    I was told that the film of the parade will be shown on Channel 9 (Local Television) starting tomorrow, Tuesday till Friday.

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