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Columbus Day Parade returns to West Haven Oct. 8

October 1, 2017

Pleasant outdoor temperatures, autumn foliage and ethnic pride for Italian-Americans. That’s the tradition for the Columbus Day Parade in Greater New Haven, which was held in Hamden last year and East Haven the year before that.

This year’s march, the largest of its kind in New England, will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, in West Haven. The parade steps off at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at Captain Thomas Boulevard and flows up Campbell Avenue to Center Street and Savin Avenue. The two-hour parade, which rotates among six municipalities, was previously held in West Haven in 2011 and 2006.

The weekend festivities begin before that, however. The Columbus Day Heritage Dinner will be held Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. at Anthony’s Oceanview in New Haven, honoring grand marshals Nalalie Guiliano, Grace Ianucci Hendricks and Marie D. Locobelle. Tickets are $55 per person. For tickets, please call Terri Vailette 203-488-8434.

On Saturday, Oct. 7 will be a wreath ceremony at 11 a.m. at St. Michael’s Church in Wooster Square, followed by a procession to the Christopher Columbus Statue in Wooster Park to place the wreaths.

The first and last reasons to celebrate Columbus Day, as listed on the website columbusdaynewhaven.org, say it all for marchers and fans: to celebrate the achievements of the explorer who founded the first permanent European settlement in the New World and to mark the arrival on these shores of more than 5 million Italians beginning in 1880.

Captain Thomas Boulevard, West Haven. Sunday, Oct. 8, 1 p.m.