2017-10-11 / Front Page

Columbus Day Celebration


Columbus Day Parade dignitaries gathered at the base of the Columbus statue for the annual wreath-laying ceremony. 
Photo Walter Karling Columbus Day Parade dignitaries gathered at the base of the Columbus statue for the annual wreath-laying ceremony. Photo Walter Karling The Federation of Italian-American Organizations of Queens (FIAO) held its 40th annual Columbus Day Parade through Astoria. The parade, held on October 7, began at Kaufman Astoria Studios and travelled along Steinway Street then turned onto 30th Avenue and marched finally down 33rd Street towards to rallying point at the 80-year-old statue of Columbus at Hoyt Avenue and Astoria Boulevard, near 32nd Street. The Grand Marshal of the parade was Rocco Commisso, founder, Chairman and CEO of MediacomCable and the Cosmos soccer team.



Deputy Consul General of Italy in New York City Isabella Periotto making welcoming remarks during the Columbus Day parade in Astoria. 
Photos Walter Karling Deputy Consul General of Italy in New York City Isabella Periotto making welcoming remarks during the Columbus Day parade in Astoria. Photos Walter Karling

THE NYPD and the Long Island City High School ROTC marching proudly. THE NYPD and the Long Island City High School ROTC marching proudly.

The official group photo of Aviation High School Junior ROTC on 32nd Street. The Columbus statue can be seen in the background. The official group photo of Aviation High School Junior ROTC on 32nd Street. The Columbus statue can be seen in the background.

(L. to r.); FIAO President Joseph DiPietro, Grand Marshal of the parade Rocco Commisso and parade Chairman, Judge Jerry Iannece. (L. to r.); FIAO President Joseph DiPietro, Grand Marshal of the parade Rocco Commisso and parade Chairman, Judge Jerry Iannece.

World War II veteran Luke Gasparre. World War II veteran Luke Gasparre.

NYS Senator Michael Gianaris, FIAO President Joseph DiPietro, Domenick Pinto of Ferrari Driving School and parade Grand Marshal Rocco Commisso. NYS Senator Michael Gianaris, FIAO President Joseph DiPietro, Domenick Pinto of Ferrari Driving School and parade Grand Marshal Rocco Commisso.

Former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. Former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr.

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