(COLUMBUS DAY PARADE) – John Scarpati, President of the Mercer County Italian American Festival Association and Hamilton Mayor Glen Gilmore in a joint statement have announced that this years Columbus Day Parade will take place in Hamilton Township on Sunday, October 9th beginning at 1:00 pm.   Grand Marshall Carl Carabelli and Honorary Grand Marshall Mayor Glen Gilmore will lead the march beginning at Audrey Place and proceeding down Nottingham Way to the Sayen Gardens for a gathering of vendors, entertainment and other festivities.

Mayor Gilmore and Mr. Scarpati stated “It is fitting that this years Columbus Day Parade be held in Hamilton Township since the 1st Mercer County Columbus Day Parade took place in 1887 in the Borough of Chambersburg,” according to Italian American Historian Robert B. Immordino and Tom Glover, Hamilton Township Official Historian.  The Borough of Chambersburg originally was part of Hamilton Township and was annexed to the City of Trenton in 1888 to become the City’s 9th, 10th, and 11th wards.  Spearheading the effort to dedicate the statue that currently graces Columbus Park on Hamilton Avenue (between Division and Chestnut Avenue) was Pete Radice of the Trenton Columbus Observance Committee.  The statue was made in Italy, erected and dedicated here in 1959.

Upcoming Columbus Celebration Events Include:

OCT 5 – Pete Radice leading a delegation of the Columbus Day Observance Committee to the Statue in Columbus Park for a dedication ceremony at 12 Noon.

OCT 7 – Italian Flag raising at Hamilton Twp Municipal Bldg at 5 pm

OCT 8 – Inaugural Columbus Day Ball

OCT 9 – Inaugural Hamilton Township Columbus Day Parade at 1 pm
OCT 10 – 4th Annual Columbus celebration at St. Joachim’s Church featuring the Sicilian folk group (Agrigento) performing at 11 am following Mass, then a luncheon at Roman Hall.

“Only by working together to promote the vast contributions Italian-Americans have made to America can we infuse the respect and pride so deeply deserved by our Italian ancestors and eliminate the negative stereotypes portrayed in the media,” commented Rich Angioletti, Parade Chairman.  “Our mission is to inspire admiration and celebrate the successes of our true Italian heritage,” added John Scarpati, President of the Mercer County Italian American Festival.

For more information contact:

609-730-0771 – Rich Angioletti, Columbus Day Parade Chairman

609-851-2635 – Pasquale Colavita, Jr., Columbus Ball Chairman

609-631-7544 – John Scarpati, President of MCIAFA