2009-10-14 / Front Page

FIAOQ Holds Annual Parade

Christopher Columbus (Mike Meoni) and Queen Isabella (Theresa Meoni), flanked by an honor guard, hold the banner of the Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens as they head the line of march for the 30th annual Columbus Day Parade. Christopher Columbus (Mike Meoni) and Queen Isabella (Theresa Meoni), flanked by an honor guard, hold the banner of the Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens as they head the line of march for the 30th annual Columbus Day Parade. As the 30th annual Columbus Day Parade sponsored by the Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens (FIAOQ) wound its way through Astoria and Long Island City from the Kaufman Astoria Studios to its reviewing stand and concluding point at the Columbus Triangle, 31st Street, Astoria Boulevard and Hoyt Avenue South on October 10, lowering gray clouds began to break, giving promise of a blue sky and sunshine for the rest of Saturday afternoon.

This year's Co-Grand Marshals, Holy Cross H.S. President Brother Stephen LaMendola and New York City Police Department Sergeant Frank Ventura, joined Christopher Columbus (Mike Meoni) and his sponsor and financial backer, Queen Isabella of Spain (Theresa Meoni) in the march. Also participating were Parade Chairman Jerry Iannece, Esq., Iannece’s sister, FIAOQ Executive Director Angie Iannece Markham and Federation President Joseph DiPietro. Other participants included City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr.; 114th Police Precinct Executive Officer Frank Tarantola and Assemblymember Michael Gianaris; Deputy Consul General of Italy Laura Aghilarre and United States Senator Charles Schumer were honored guests.

Parade Chairman Jerry Iannece; Parade Co-Grand Marshal Brother Stephen LaMendola, president of Holy Cross H.S.; Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens President Joseph DiPietro; Queen Isabella (Theresa Meoni), and Christopher Columbus (Mike Meoni). Parade Chairman Jerry Iannece; Parade Co-Grand Marshal Brother Stephen LaMendola, president of Holy Cross H.S.; Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens President Joseph DiPietro; Queen Isabella (Theresa Meoni), and Christopher Columbus (Mike Meoni). Additional marchers included state Senator George Onorato, Assemblymember Michael Gianaris, former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. and the Aviation H.S. Air Force Junior R.O.T.C. A black 1962 Buick convertible, a parade fixture for many years, made an appearance, as did a number of classic Fiat cars.

(L. to r.): City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr.; 114th Police Precinct Executive Officer Frank Tarantola; Assemblymember Michael Gianaris; Deputy Consul General of Italy Laura Aghilarre; United States Senator Charles Schumer; Parade Co-Grand Marshal NYPD Sergeant Frank Ventura; Parade Chairman Jerry Iannece; Queen Isabella (Theresa Meoni); Christopher Columbus (Mike Meoni), and Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens President Joseph DiPietro prepare to step off for the 30th annual Queens Columbus Day Parade. (L. to r.): City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr.; 114th Police Precinct Executive Officer Frank Tarantola; Assemblymember Michael Gianaris; Deputy Consul General of Italy Laura Aghilarre; United States Senator Charles Schumer; Parade Co-Grand Marshal NYPD Sergeant Frank Ventura; Parade Chairman Jerry Iannece; Queen Isabella (Theresa Meoni); Christopher Columbus (Mike Meoni), and Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens President Joseph DiPietro prepare to step off for the 30th annual Queens Columbus Day Parade. The parade route led north on 36th Street from the studios to 35th Avenue, east on 35th Avenue to Steinway Street, north on Steinway Street to 30th Avenue, west on 30th Avenue to 33rd Street, north on 33rd Street to Astoria Boulevard, and west on Astoria Boulevard to the Columbus Triangle. At the Columbus Triangle, the dignitaries present placed a wreath to honor the 15thcentury explorer. Two years ago, the Columbus Triangle was renamed for Vincent Iannece, father of Jerry and Angie, and in 1972 founder of the Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens.
Officers and members of the Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens, Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella, local elected officials and area residents pose after laying a wreath at the feet of the statue of the Great Explorer and Entrepreneur at Columbus Triangle 31st Street, Astoria Boulevard and Hoyt Avenue South, on Saturday, October 10 to conclude the 30th annual Queens Columbus Day Parade. Officers and members of the Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens, Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella, local elected officials and area residents pose after laying a wreath at the feet of the statue of the Great Explorer and Entrepreneur at Columbus Triangle 31st Street, Astoria Boulevard and Hoyt Avenue South, on Saturday, October 10 to conclude the 30th annual Queens Columbus Day Parade.

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