Italian American Heritage, Military, Police/Fire Depts and Politics on Display at North End Columbus Day Parade [Photos]
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The bi-annual North End Columbus Day Parade was held Sunday October 8th, beginning at City Hall Plaza and making its way through downtown Boston, the waterfront and into the North End. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was Grand Marshall accompanied by District 1 City Councilor Sal LaMattina, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and State Sen. Joe Boncore. Most of the City Councilors-at-large were represented including Michelle Wu,Michael Flaherty, Ayanna Pressley and Annissa Essaibi-George. Candidates for District City Council seats had large groups including Stephen Passacantilli and Lydia Edwards who are competing for District 1. District 2 candidate Ed Flynn marched with his father and former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn.
Police reported no apparent protests during the parade, such as the one seen in Downtown Crossing earlier in the weekend. This year, many of the cultural groups have focused on “Italian American Heritage Month” rather than specifically commemorating Christopher Columbus. Multiple banners spanned across Hanover Street identifying October as “Italian American Heritage Month.” Also representing Italy was the Boston Consul General Nicola De Santis and a contingent from the Italian Consulate.
Leading the first division wereBoston Police and Fire honor guard, U.S. Air Force and other military. There were plenty of marching bands, drum & bugle corps, antique cars, North End feast floats, Italian-American organizations, Order Sons of Italy Lodges, Aleppo Shriners, and community groups.
The Columbus Day parade alternates between Eastie and the North End. The 2018 parade will be held in East Boston.
The North End Columbus Day Celebration Committee is returning to the North End for the 2019 parade on Sunday, October 13, and will be hosting an evening of celebration and commemoration the preceding Friday, October 11, at Ristorante Filippo. The reception will feature music, prizes, raffle items, refreshments and cocktails.Tickets are limited. They are $55 Read More…
The Flag of Italy was raised at Boston City Hall on Friday, October 5, in honor of Italian Heritage Month. Consul General of Italy in Boston, Federica Sereni, joined with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for the ceremony along with local elected officials to celebrate the occasion. Photos by Gerri Palladino.
The annual flag-raising at Boston City Hall for Italian Heritage Month was a quiet affair this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The reading of the State proclamation was made to an empty plaza. Video commentary was instead submitted by Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Mayor Marty Walsh, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Speaker Robert Read More…