2009-10-14 / Features

Queens is Out In Force Joining Mayor Bloomberg in Columbus Day Parade

By Dan Miller

Governor David Paterson, Council Member’s John Liu and David Weprin are greeted by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan at St. Patrick’s Cathedral during Columbus Day ParadeGovernor David Paterson, Council Member’s John Liu and David Weprin are greeted by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan at St. Patrick’s Cathedral during Columbus Day ParadeFollowing the thirty-second Annual Columbus Day Mass held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Monday morning of October 12, thousands of marchers from the United States and Italy marched up fifth Avenue from West 47th Street to West 79rd Street to celebrate their Italian heritage and the accomplishments of explorer Christopher Columbus.


 Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg greeted dignitaries and members from the Columbus Citizen’s Foundation who are the benefactors of the Columbus Day Parade. Some of the Grand Marshals included Kenneth Langone, former New Yrk Stock Exchange Director, and Angelo V. Vivolo, member Columbus Citizens Foundation Board of Governors.  “It’s nice to celebrate ones heritage this way,” said Langone.
 Public schools, government offices and most banks were closed in observance of Columbus Day,

St. John’s University was represented with hundreds of marchers led by Hall of Fame basketball coach Lou Carnesecca and Joseph Sciame, Vice President for Public RelationsSt. John’s University was represented with hundreds of marchers led by Hall of Fame basketball coach Lou Carnesecca and Joseph Sciame, Vice President for Public Relations
   US Congressman Charles Schumer marched as did, Governor David Paterson who was accompanied by Queens Council member David Weprin and Queens Council member John Liu who is the democratic candidate for New York City Comptroller in the November 3, elections. NYS Attorney General Andrew Cuomo marched as did Peter Vallone, former Speaker of the New York City Council. William Thompson, New York City Comptroller and democratic candidate for Mayor in the upcoming November elections also marched.  All of these elected officials stopped by St. Patrick’s Cathedral to call on The Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York.
  Some were given a special treat when former head of the Catholic Church in New York, Cardinal O’Conner arrived at St. Patrick’s and posed for photos with Archbishop Dolan with those who stopped by at St. Patrick’s Cathredal.


 Many of the parade viewers came all the way form Italy celebrate Columbus Day with their Italian American relatives. Rose Drago was there from Middle Village as was Beatrice Guercio (White Stone) who was there with her children Rosanne Guercio (18) a graduate of Christ the King HS and her son Anthony Guercio (13) a student at Christ the King HS.

Peter Vallone Sr. joins Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan at St. Patrick’s Cathedral during Columbus Day ParadePeter Vallone Sr. joins Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan at St. Patrick’s Cathedral during Columbus Day Parade
Frank Fabrico from Rego Park led the Queensboro Chapter of UNICO National delegation up Fifth Avenue. UNICO is the largest Italian American service organization in the United States. Their motto is “Service Above Self.”


 Just before the parade Mayor Bloomberg personally presented former astronaut Buzz Aldrin with a proclamation celebrating 40 years since the start of the space program in this country.

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