Italian Heritage Celebrated at Bi-Annual North End Columbus Day Parade [Photo Gallery]
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The Bi-Annual Columbus Day Parade took place on Sunday October 13, beginning at City Hall Plaza and winding through the North End / Waterfront neighborhood. Leading off the parade was Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Italian Consul General Federica Sereni, along with State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, Councilors Lydia Edwards, Ed Flynn and Michael Flaherty. The parade also featured Boston Police and Fire honor guard, military personnel and vehicles, marching bands, drum & bugle corps, local feast benefit societies, antique cars, North End feast floats, neighborhood groups, flag throwers, floats and thousands of other participants. Parade coordinator, Louis Strazzullo, said “this year was our largest showing with people lining the streets to see the parade. It’s a family-friendly opportunity to put our Italian Heritage on display and celebrate the North End community.” (Photos by Matt Conti.)
Coincident with the bi-annual North End parade is a fundraising reception honoring community leaders. This year’s Michael A. Nazzaro Community Service Award was presented to Fernando “Freddy” & Joseph “Peppi” Giangregorio at Friday evening’s reception by the North End Columbus Day Celebration Committee. The Committee recognized Freddy & Peppi for their dedication to our neighborhood, our city, and the Italian American community of Massachusetts. They were owners of the Green Cross Pharmacy for decades and served on many local boards and institutions.
Since 1937, the parade has taken place on the Sunday before Columbus Day and alternates between the North End (odd years) and East Boston (even years). East Boston will host the parade next year.
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