All parades are tribal, and all parades look back. See how far we've come, they say. Better parades look forward, too. This is where we're going now. But the best parades reach out to others, raising a banner for universal values of goodwill, aiming in some small way to heal the world.   Such a parade is walking down State Street in Chicag...

Rain could not deter the Italian pride at Laura Bradley Park on Sunday afternoon.Standing under the Christopher Columbus statue that looks down onto West Parkside Drive, more than 30 Italians watched the rainy Christopher Columbus and Italian Heritage Recognition Ceremony. "It's an honor to have a Columbus statue here in a central part of Peoria,"...

While two American cities, Minneapolis and Seattle, have decided to remove Christopher Columbus' name from the holiday, Philadelphia is sticking with tradition, and there was a parade in South Philadelphia Sunday to celebrate. Spectators lined South Broad Street as they do every year to hear sting bands play traditional Italian music and to celebr...

A longtime reader sent me an email the other day with a question that perplexed me: What happened to Christopher Columbus' golden buckles, or more accurately, the gold-painted buckles on his boots?   My correspondent was not, of course, talking about the explorer's real boots, but about the black marble pair that now adorn his statue at San...

This Columbus Day, remember the name and face of Luigi Del Bianco, an Italian immigrant who was the chief carver of Mount Rushmore.   The main sculptor was the celebrated Gutzon Borglum, but according to author Douglas Gladstone's new book, "Carving a Niche for Himself: The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore," the main man o...

The student's last name captured my attention. "Colon," I said. "Wonderful name!" The hesitant student stared at the floor.   As an Italian-American, I proudly celebrate Columbus Day. This Italian dared to sail a voracious ocean that feasted on mariners. At a time when thoughts of sailing off the edge of the earth made the bravest quiver, Co...

Ristorante italiano, pizza, mozzarella, provola, addirittura il culatello: sapori e termini che stanno quasi scomparendo in alcune parti d'Italia, ma che restano impressi nelle insegne della "piccola Italia", Little Italy di New York. La Grande Mela degli italiani, oggi si è ridotta a una strada, nel cuore di Chinatown. Nonostante il numero e l'in...

Leo Feldman takes the cigar out of his mouth, sips from his vodka-and-orange juice and explains why he enjoys a seat of honor in the Italian American Citizens Club. "I'll be 91 in a few days and I've been sitting in the same seat for 65 years," he said.The Harbor Street club with its small patio and bocce courts is a shrine to Italian-American his...

After Friday's rain, the Columbus Italian Festival was in a party mood yesterday with food, as always, one of the star attractions.   The smells of pizza, pasta, sausage sandwiches, soup, gelato and pizzelles wafted in the air around St. John Italian Catholic Church, 720 Hamlet St., the center of the festival and Columbus' Italian community....

The Toms River branch hosted Amixi de Boggiasco e del Golfo Paradison from Boddiasco-Genova-Liguria Friday afternoon. This annual presentation of traditional dances was sponsored by the Ocean County Columbus Day Parade Committee, Inc.   Michael A. Blandina, the committee chairman opened the program. The Polizia de Stato (State Police of Ita...