On October 8th, attend the annual Columbus Day Parade in Chicago. The parade celebrates the historic 1492 voyage of Christopher Columbus as well as Italian-American Culture. Columbus is from Genoa Italy. Here’s a Genoa Video for all my Italian friends on Columbus Day http://youtu.be/wujacerrsp8
There will also be a Columbus Day Reception sponsored by Casa Italia in Stone Park. Festivities begin with 9 a.m. Mass at The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, followed by a 10 a.m. wreath laying ceremony at Arrigo Park, Chicago. The parade will run from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. on Columbus Drive between Balbo & Randolph.
A reception will be held at Casa Italia at 3:30 p.m. Bus transportation from Casa Italia to Pompeii will leave promptly at 7:30 a.m., and from Casa Italia to downtown leaving promptly at 10:30 a.m. Bus transportation and reception is $30 per adult; reception only $20 per adult; children under 12 free all day.
There will be a cash bar with beer and wine. Parade Chairman Vincent Naccarato, Grand Marshal Stella Foster, and Honorary Parade Marshals Florian Barbi and Frank Cerrone.
The event is celebrated as Columbus Day in the United States. It is celebrated in many countries around the world: Día de la Raza in many countries in Latin America; Discovery Day in the Bahamas; Día de la Hispanidad and Fiesta Nacional in Spain and as Día de las Américas (Day of the Americas) in Uruguay.
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com. After the Parade, the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans will hold a Columbus Day Parade Reception at Casa Italia. at 3:30 p.m.