City’s Columbus Day Parade celebrates Italian community

Oct 09, 2018 560

BY: Emily McTavish

Italians, Italian-Americans and even Italian cars and scooters were out in full-force for Monday’s 65th Annual Columbus Day Parade sponsored by the Civic Committee of Italian Americans. Temperatures climbed into the mid-80s, drawing crowds to see the more than 150 floats, drill teams and marching bands make their way down State Street.

Gov. Bruce Rauner walked the parade route and said everyone is Italian on Columbus Day. “We celebrate America — the greatest nation on earth — freedom and opportunity, and we also celebrate our Italian-American heritage,” Rauner said. Besides the strong showing of Italian people and Italian-owned businesses, the parade also featured marchers representing other countries, including China, Ukraine and Argentina, dressed in traditional clothing and waving their flags.

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