The 105th Columbus Day Parade, one of the longest continuous parades in the state, will be held Sunday, Oct. 13, and will celebrate the Italian-American culture in the greater Bridgeport area.
The parade begins at 1 p.m., starting at the corner of Wayne and Jewett avenues, rolling south down Wayne Street to Madison Avenue and finishing at Micalizzi’s Italian Ices store. Richard Ianucci has served as the parade chairman and helped organize more than 80 units that comprise the parade roster.
This year’s parade includes St. Joseph’s and Trumbull high schools marching bands, Bridgeport’s Park City Pride Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps, the Marine Corps League of Bridgeport and Stratford and Port 5 naval veterans.
Chris Caruso, an officer of The Council of Italian-American Societies of Greater Bridgeport, pointed out that the parade has grown significantly from last year.
“Every year, the parade continues to grow,” Caruso said. “We owe a great deal to Mike Marella, our grand marshal, and parade Chairman Rich Ianucci who both put in a lot of effort in bringing this parade to another level.”
This year’s parade will also feature large helium-inflated character balloons and more than eight floats, including Ringling Bros. clowns and performers, a 1915 antique car and a confetti cannon. Habitat For Humanity Home of the Brave will also take part with a float.
“The Columbus Day Parade is a great celebration for all Italian-Americans who have contributed so much to building the fabric of our country and the greater Bridgeport area,” Marella said. “I hope people come out and celebrate with us.”
Prior to the parade, a pre-show will take place, beginning at 11:30 am. The pre-show will feature Italian songs and arias and Broadway show tunes at a staging area at Micalizzi’s Italian Ices. Vendors will also serve food.
For more information about the Columbus Day festivities, visit celebratecolumbusbpt.com.