Howard Beach holds first parade for Columbus Day since 2011

Angelina Moccia and Joe Mauro wave flags from the roof of a Fiat as it crosses the red carpet at the 2011 Columbus Day Parade in Howard Beach.
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After a two-year hiatus, the Howard Beach Columbus Day Parade is slated to return to Cross Bay Boulevard Sunday afternoon.

The parade, which will begin at noon at 156th Avenue and head south, will feature marching bands and floats inspired by Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the Americas in 1492.

Other participants will include drivers piloting a fleet of Italian cars and antique police vehicles.

This year, City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), former Councilwoman Melinda Katz, Howard Beach resident and MediSys Health Network Director Joann Ariola and Howard Beach business owners Luigi Moccia are scheduled to be honored during the festivities, a spokesman for Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) said.

The parade, put on by the Howard Beach Columbus Day Foundation, celebrates Italian-American heritage in the Howard Beach community as well as contributions made by Italian Americans, according to the group’s website. Italian-American musical acts Angelo Venuto, Christopher Macchio and Howard Beach’s own DJ Nicky G are also expected to make appearances.

Various Girl Scout troops and civic organizations will also march down the boulevard.

The parade was last held in 2011, and in the past has drawn thousands of onlookers.

Columbus Day became a national holiday in 1937 and is celebrated on the second Monday in October.

The Howard Beach Columbus Day Foundation is also holding its eighth-annual gala dinner Oct. 9 at Russo’s on the Bay, at 162-45 Cross Bay Blvd. Cocktails and dinner are slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. To RSVP or for more information, call 718-641-3469.

Updated 5:58 pm, September 26, 2013
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Lorenzo from Boston says:
Christopher Columbus's Controversial Identity Revealed Columbus Day in New York City

Upcoming Columbus Day lecture at New York's Kosciuszko Foundation claims to expose "censorship, invention and mysteries" in the long contentious history of Christopher Columbus. Was Christopher Columbus the secret Portuguese son of an exiled Polish King?

New York, NY, September 26, 2013 --( In a twist that could rile the feathers of Italian-Americans everywhere, researcher claims Columbus was not Italian after all, but of Polish extraction.

The controversial subject will be presented by Manuel Rosa, historian and author who has spent the last 22 years investigating and examining the facts concerning the life of Christopher Columbus and his discovery of America on October 12, 1492. Utilizing a non-biased scientific approach that has taken him to Portugal, Spain, Dominican Republic, Poland and many places in-between in a relentless pursuit of the truth, Mr. Rosa unearthed unknown facts and new information about Christopher Columbus that resulted in the publishing of his first book in 2006, “O Mistério Colombo Revelado” in Portugal, followed by “COLÓN. La Historia nunca contada” in Spain. In May 2012, “KOLUMB. Historia Nieznana” (COLUMBUS. Unknown History) became a bestseller in Poland and “KOLUMBAS. Atskleistoji istorija” will be published in Lithuania, February 2014.
Sept. 27, 2013, 2:17 am

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