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The 34th Annual Columbus Day Observance Parade will proceed down Bethel roads this morning. The event features local residents dressed as Christopher Columbus, Queen Isabella and George Washington with Billy Michael leading a quartet in the “Tarantella".

 

Longtime organizer Geraldine Mills says the parade starts at Caraluzzi’s parking lot at 8:45 am. The parade moves down South Street, Depot Place and onto Greenwood Avenue where it ends at about 9am with speeches at P.T. Barnum Square. The Italian flag will be raised at P.T. Barnum Square following the parade.

 

The half-hour event will celebrate the contributions and history of Italian immigrants and their descendants to the town and the country.

 

Over 200 people attended last year.

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