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PHOTO — With preparations underway for this year’s Greater New Haven Columbus Day Parade in West Haven, West Haven Mayor Edward M. O’Brien, right, accepts the traditional passing of the Italian flag from Hamden Mayor Curt B. Leng on Oct. 5 at the 2016 Heritage Dinner presented by the Columbus Day Committee of Greater New Haven at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven. Hamden was slated to host last year’s Italian-American cultural event, but it was canceled by rain. The 2017 Columbus Day parade, the largest of its kind in New England, steps off at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. The two-hour parade, which rotates among six municipalities, was previously held in the city in 2011 and 2006. (Columbus Day Committee of Greater New Haven Photo/Paul Criscuolo)
WEST HAVEN, May 9, 2017 — The Columbus Day Committee of Greater New Haven will hold a kickoff event from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at the Cielo Banquet Ballroom, 85 Chase Lane, to launch its fundraising campaign for the 2017 Columbus Day parade in West Haven.
The benefit will include a buffet of Italian foods donated by city restaurants, along with beer, wine, soda, coffee and dessert. It will also include entertainment by crooners Earl Benedetto and Mike Negretti.
Tickets, which cost $25, are on sale in the mayor’s office, 355 Main St., and the West Haven Italian-American Civic Association, 85 Chase Lane. Checks are payable to the Columbus Day Committee.
For tickets and reservations or for information, contact Cathy Sherman, executive administrative assistant to Mayor Edward M. O’Brien, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-937-3510. Tickets are also available by calling Frank Consorte, former president of the Italian-American Club, at 203-676-6379.
Proceeds will go to the Greater New Haven Columbus Day Parade, which steps off at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8.
O’Brien has tapped residents Natalie Guiliano DeRosa, Grace Iannucci Hendricks and Marie D. Lacobelle to lead the procession as grand marshals.
Guiliano DeRosa and Lacobelle are former recipients of the West Haven Columbus Day Committee’s Italian-American of the Year award, with Guiliano DeRosa receiving the civic honor in 2014 and Lacobelle in 2015.
Iannucci Hendricks is a longtime member of the West Haven Italian-American Ladies Auxiliary.
The two-hour parade, which rotates among six municipalities, was previously held in the city in 2011 and 2006.
To march in the parade, click on Reservation Form.
For parade information, go to www.columbusdaynewhaven.org.
— MICHAEL P. WALSH, Public Relations Information Coordinator