Thursday, September 30, 2010

Howard Beach Columbus Day Parade 2010

More than 15,000 spectators lined Crossbay Boulevard for the 6th Annual Howard Beach Columbus Day Parade. A sun-filled day served as the backdrop for professional parade floats, marching bands and a host of dignitaries, schools and organizations that made their way from 157th Avenue to a stage and red carpet area at the end of the parade route at 164th Avenue, where a two hour show entertained the crowd.

Parade honorees this year were female Grand Marshal Tracy Catapano-Fox, President of the Queens County Women’s Bar Association, male Grand Marshal Joseph Sciame, President/Chair of the Italian Heritage & Culture Committee NY, Inc. and Italian American Businessman of 2010, Joseph Evola, owner of Gino’s Ristorante and Pizzeria in Howard Beach.

The event also played host to a number of dignitaries including Supreme Court Justice Augustus Agate, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Councilman Eric Ulrich and Assembly member Audrey Pheffer.

Republican gubernatorial kicked off his downstate campaign by participating in the days festivities.

The parade is organized by the Howard Beach Columbus Day Foundation which is already in the process of planning next year’s event.

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