For the first time since 2011 the Howard Beach Columbus Day Parade marched down Cross Bay Boulevard on Sunday.
Rosemary Ciulla-Frisone, president of The Order of the Sons of Italy in America’s Fiorella LaGuardia Lodge #2867, leads her organization down the parade route.
The Scholars’ Academy marching band plays on the red carpet at the end of the parade route.
Jackie DiMaggio, left, winner of Italian-American Idol, sings the American national anthem, and tenor Christopher Macchio belts out “Il Canto degli Italiani,” also known as “Fratelli d’Italia,” the national anthem of Italy.
A sea of red, white and green dances from the parade floats sponsored by neighborhood businesses.
Grand Marshals Al Perna, left wearing sash, founder of the Perna Foundation for Kids, Lindenwood Alliance President Joann Ariola, with flag, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. march with Columbus Day Foundation President Mario Faulisi, Vice President Grace Faulisi, Secretary Anne Marie Gurino, and the parade’s fourth Grand Marshal, Howard Beach business owner Luigi Moccia
Some participants made their ancestral regional loyalties known at the parade. Here, the flag of Sicily waves along Cross Bay Boulevard.
The city Department of Sanitation’s Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band brings some Gaelic flavor to the parade.
Howard Beach Kiwanis Club members roll down Cross Bay Boulevard in their float — a classic Cadillac DeVille.
A classic Fiat, the famed Italian automobile, leads the parade as it headed up Cross Bay Boulevard on Sunday.
The NYPD Emerald Society pipe and drum band marches, instruments in hand
An engine from the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department joins the parade.
The Beach Channel High School marching band performs on the route.
Spectators show off their Italian pride.
Councilman Eric Ulrich and his wife Yadria hand out lollipops to parade watcher.