Columbus Day parade relocated over police overtime dispute
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Bridgeport’s century-old Columbus Day Parade will not be held this year due to disputes over police overtime.
The parade committee voted Thursday night to move the event to neighboring Shelton as they were unable to resolve the dispute with Democratic Mayor Joe Ganim.
Republican Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti tells the Connecticut Post that the parade will be held on Oct. 7 — the same day as a city holiday which means no added costs for Shelton.
Lauretti says Shelton may seek some funds from the parade’s organizing group, but nothing close to what Bridgeport wants.
The parade has been an annual tradition in Bridgeport for 109 years.
Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com