Bridgeport hosts annual Columbus Day Parade

October 9, 2017 GMT

Bridgeport was the site of the 109th Columbus Day Parade Sunday afternoon. The parade, led by longtime Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, stepped off from the corner of Wayne Street and Jewett Avenue.

The event, one of the oldest continuous parades in the state, featured more than 75 organizations and performers, including the Pyramid Shriner “racers” and clowns, Chester Fife and Drum, Fairfield Gaelic Pipes and Drums, an Italian marching band from Brooklyn, N.Y., an Italian dance troupe, the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard, the Shelton combined High School and Intermediate Bands and Guard, and floats, including a replica of the Santa Maria with Christopher Columbus at the helm.