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Italian pride show in Columbus Day parade

Miss National America, politicians, veterans, marching band in Whitestone

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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 1:29 pm, Thu Oct 4, 2012.

The parade was modest in size, but what the event lacked in mass it made up for in pride.

About 100 people marched in Saturday’s Columbus Day Parade in Whitestone, with the marching band from Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park making up the majority of the parade. The procession walked down Clintonville Street past St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church waving Italian and United States flags as well as carrying banners and donning sashes.

This is one of many Columbus Day parades held in Queens throughout October, while the official holiday is on Oct. 8.

  Many community organizations and politicians participated including Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), members of the Associazione Nazionale Alpini Sezione di New York, several scholarship winners of the Miss National America New York pageant, members of the Italian-American Association and Italian-American veterans from the Air Force and the Navy.  Former state Sen. Frank Padavan served as grand marshal.  Representatives of the Italian American Women’s Center and the Giova Group also showed their community spirit as they marched down the Whitestone streets.           

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