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Columbus Day parade returns

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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:45 am, Thu Sep 26, 2013.

Cross Bay Boulevard will once again play host to a Columbus Day parade next weekend for the first time in two years.

The annual event, celebrating the neighborhood’s Italian-American heritage and contributions made by Italian-Americans in society.

The parade kicks off at noon on Sunday, Sept. 29 and will march along Cross Bay Boulevard.

The Howard Beach Columbus Day Foundation is still working on getting a final list of participants for the parade, which will include marching bands, floats inspired by Columbus’ voyage to the Americas and Boys and Girl Scouts.

The parade was last held in September 2011, during which more than 10,000 people turned out, according to organizers that year.

Columbus Day is typically a popular holiday for Italian Americans to celebrate their culture because though Christopher Columbus sailed for the Americas under the Spanish flag, the explorer is a native of the city of Genoa, which is in present-day Italy.

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