West Haven News

Posted on: September 13, 2017

Columbus Day Heritage Dinner taking reservations

Columbus Statue (City of New Haven)

WEST HAVEN, Sept. 13, 2017 — Tickets are available for the Columbus Day Heritage Dinner in support of the 2017 Greater New Haven Columbus Day Parade in West Haven.

The annual dinner, held in honor of the parade grand marshals by the Columbus Day Committee of Greater New Haven, is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at Anthony’s Oceanview, 450 Lighthouse Road, New Haven.

The donation is $55 and includes hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.

View the flyer at Heritage Dinner.

For the first time since 2011, the parade sails into the shore of West Haven’s deep-rooted Italian-American community at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8.

The cultural event, which showcases scores of marching units and bands from across the region, celebrates the daring spirit of Christopher Columbus, the Italian navigator who discovered the New World and charted a course for millions of Italian sons and daughters who followed his crossing to America.

The 1 ½-mile parade route steps off, weather permitting, at Captain Thomas Boulevard and flows up Campbell Avenue to Center Street and Savin Avenue.

Mayor Edward M. O’Brien has tapped Italian-American 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 also held in the city in 2006.

— MICHAEL P. WALSH, Public Relations Information Coordinator

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