Viva Italia! Highlights From This Year’s Columbus Day Parade

Oct 15, 2015 912

by Rachel Silberstein

Once again, as in years past, Bensonhurst's 34th Annual Columbus Day Parade was a smashing success. Nearly every school, community center, and church in town marched down 18th Avenue for the joyous annual event organized by the Federation of Italian American Organizations(FIAO) to celebrate the many contributions Italian Americans have brought to our neighborhood and city.

Bensonhurst's young singing sensation Diana Marie Paunetto, 11, thrilled parade goers with a performance of the Italian national anthem, and Justice Patricia M. DiMango, one of the judges on CBS' Hot Bench (who, FYI, is originally from Bensonhurst), lent the panel of Grand Marshals a little star power.

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