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Posted Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Family Fun Day Follows the Parade

The 15th annual Morris County Columbus Day Parade will be held on Sunday, Oct. 13 in East Hanover beginning at 2 p.m.

Man carries the Italian flag in the parade The East Hanover Italian American Club will sponsor the Family Fun Day at Lurker Park following the parade. Entertainment will include a petting zoo, face painting, balloon art, bounce castle, wrecking ball and other attractions for children beginning at 3 p.m. Food vendors and a live performance by The No Cover Band will round out the festivities.

The parade will feature 11 marching bands, social and civic organizations, antique cars and police and fire departments from all over Morris County.

Girls stand in the sunroof of a car, waving Italian flags

Dignitaries include Chris Coccia, who has been chosen to be this year’s Grand Marshal. Anthony Iacullo Esq. of the law firm Iacullo Martino is the Italian American Man of the Year. Natalee Vaccaro Bartlett, East Hanover Superintendent of Schools, is this year’s Women of the Year. Entrepreneur of the Year is John Gunnello, owner of Direct Disposal. The Athlete of the Year is soccer star Giuseppe Rossi. The East Hanover Italian American Club has also named Dr. Paul Lombardi as the Humanitarian of the Year. The parade Princess is Valentina Marra.

Other dignitaries include Alessandro Ghinelli, mayor of Arezzo, Italy, who will march in the parade with ten of Arezzo’s finest police officers.

“This is an outstanding group of honorees who serve as great role models for young people and demonstrate how hard work and family values are the backbone of what Italian Americans are all about,” said parade spokesman, William Agnellino.

The parade is dedicated to the first Italian immigrants and all of the following generations. Family, friends and church carried them through even the hardest of times.

For more information, call Parade Chairman Nunzio Amoresano at 973-449-7792 or visit the website.