Despite no parade, Bridgeport will still celebrate Italian Heritage Day
BRIDGEPORT- While the parade will be moving to nearby Shelton, there still will be Italian Heritage celebrations here as part of the Columbus Day tradition.
Mayor Joseph Ganim and the city announced a $5,000 contribution to the weekend festivities and the Vincent Vizzo Columbus Day concerts.
The donation will be used to fund the two free concerts performed by the Quantico Marine Corps band at the Klein Memorial Auditorium on Oct. 5 and 6. The music begins at 6:45 p.m. while the doors open at 5:30 p.m.
The city has contributed to these concerts for the past 15 years, Ganim said.
The free tickets are available at Lupe’s Drug Store, 3129 Main Street or Port 5 National Association of Naval Veterans, 69 Brewster Street.
Meanwhile, the parade which marched through Bridgeport streets for the past 109 years has moved to downtown Shelton for its 110th version on Oct. 7. That parade will coincide with Shelton Day festivities which will close off a large section of Howe Avenue during the day.
The parade’s move comes as a result of a dispute over paying police overtime in Bridgeport. Police overtime for last year’s Bridgeport parade amounted to $7,127 and has not been paid.
Richard Iannucci, grand marshal of the Columbus Day Parade, said he is unaware of any other events planned for Bridgeport aside from the Klein concerts.
“We’ve got at least 60 units ready for the Shelton Parade including the Mummers, Fife and Drum Corps, the Marine Corps band and the Trumbull High School band,” he said. “It’ll start at upper Howe Avenue and Maple at noon and end at Veterans’ Memorial Park.”