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Bethel is holding it's annual Columbus Day Parade today.  The event was started in 1982 by Geraldine Mills' late husband, First Selectman Ed Mills.

 

Mills says each year speakers talk about the history of Italian Americans and what they've accomplished in this country and in Bethel.

 

The parade starts around 8:45 and runs along Greenwood Avenue.  Billy Michael says the parade is made up of a couple of vehicles and a motorboat carrying the costumed characters of Queen Isabella and Christopher Columbus.  The boat was donated by the Caraluzzi family.

 

Michael called is the smallest Columbus Day Parade, with the biggest heart.  It's the only organized parade in Connecticut.

 

The parade ends at PT Barnum Square, where the Italian Flag is raised.

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