Columbus Day parade off, but New Haven area Italian Americans will celebrate their pride

Sep 29, 2021 153

BY: Ed Stannard

There won’t be a Columbus Day parade again this year, but the region’s Italian Americans plan to celebrate their rich heritage in a new way. “We had to kind of scale back, but we’re praying and hoping” to revive the parade in 2022, said Laura Florio Luzzi, chairwoman of the parade committee. “The town of East Haven is very excited about us coming.”

The pandemic made it impractical and burdensome to put on a large parade in North Haven (last year’s host, when the parade was postponed). So a concert featuring Italian-American song, with food vendors and exhibits, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday on the town Green.

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