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Queens commemorates Columbus Day

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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 10:30 am

The Federation of Italian-American Organizations of Queens held its 41st annual Columbus Day Parade in Astoria last Saturday, marching from Kaufman-Astoria Studios to Columbus Triangle at Astoria Boulevard and 31st Street, at the foot of the statue of the Great Navigator.

Scenes from the event, starting at the top left: Dignitaries and invited guests lay the traditional wreath at the statue’s base. Next, the head of the parade approaches the triangle.

In the second row, The Italian-American Women’s Center of NYC; Parade Chairman Judge Jerry Iannece and Grand Marshal Angelo Vivolo, at a pre-parade reception at Kaufman-Astoria; Ralph Curatolo and family packed into a classic Fiat; and Bruno Macari giving a lift to 94-year young Battle of the Bulge participant Luke Gasparre.

In the third row Christopher Columbus (Massimo Prag) and Queen Isabella (Dora Silva) wave to spectators; Deputy Consul General of Italy Silvia Limoncini conveys greetings from the Italian government; and the Aviation High School Air Force Junior ROTC march.

Above are the Hellgate Road Runners and the Astoria Italia Soccer Club; and at right are three ships: the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria.

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