110th Columbus Day Parade will march into Shelton Day Sunday
SHELTON-The downtown will be a focal point of activity Sunday as the 110th annual Columbus Day Parade will march into Shelton Day at noon Oct. 7.
“We are honored that Shelton is hosting the 110th Columbus Day Parade,” said Mayor Mark Lauretti, “and we invite the Valley area towns to join us on Sunday to watch an energetic parade and enjoy all the food and entertainment that Shelton Day has to offer.”
The annual Shelton Day was bolstered by a decision from the Council of Italian-American Societies of Greater Bridgeport. Embroiled in a dispute with Bridgeport over the payment of police overtime for last year’s parade, the council looked to Shelton and its Mayor Mark Lauretti, the Parade’s former grand marshal, for help.
The parade will start at from the intersection of Brook Street and Howe Avenue, proceed south onto Howe Avenue through the central business district then left onto Cornell and right onto Canal before ending at the Riverwalk and Veterans Park, where the Shelton Day celebration is planned.
Police are urging people to arrive 45 minutes before the parade begins to avoid detours as a result of road closures There is parking available at the municipal lot at Howe Avenue & Cornell Street, behind the Echo Hose Fire Department, on Bridge Street at Coram Avenue and in the city hall lot off Coram Avenue. Canal Street will be close to traffic until 6 p.m.
The Shelton Day events at the Riverwalk will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be food trucks, crafts, freebies and of course, politicians seeking November votes.
Richard Iannucci, Commander of Port 5 Naval Veterans in Bridgeport and a retired U.S. Navy master chef is this year’s parade grand marshal.
He said this year’s parade will feature nearly 70 units including the Quantico Marine Corps Band, the Uptown String Band mummers from Pennsylvania, the Shriners, Trumbull High School’s marching band, an Italian marching band from New York City, an Italian dance troupe, the 2nd Company Governor’s Horse Guard, Port 5 Naval Veterans Color Guard, the Marine Corps Leagues, bagpipe, fife and drum units as well as local schools, scouts, police and fire units. There also will be a float made up to look like the Santa Maria with Christopher Columbus sailing it.
After the parade the Quantico Marine Corps Band and the Shriners will perform on the Riverwalk.
Meanwhile the Quantico Marine Corps Band will perform two free concerts at the Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport on Oct. 5 and 6 at 6:45 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
The free tickets are available at Lupe’s Drug Store, 3129 Main Street or the Port 5 Naval
Veterans, 69 Brewster Street, both in Bridgeport.