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East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. and Paul Criscuolo, President of the Columbus Day Committee of Greater New Haven have announced that the Grand Marshals for this year’s Columbus Day Parade are East Haven resident Pio Sgrignari and David McDermott of McDermott Auto Group. Mayor Maturo is the Honorary Chairman of this year’s parade, which will be held in East Haven on Sunday October 11th.

Pio Sgrignari, born in Italy in 1932, came to America in 1968, establishing residence in East Haven and has made his home on Dwight Place since 1971, where he resides with his wife of 59 years, Carolina. Mr. Sgrignari was a master craftsman in the installation of tile, marble and granite until his retirement in 1994.

 David McDermott purchased his first automobile dealership in 1971 and is presently the owner and operator of McDermott Chevrolet and McDermott Lexus, which moved to East Haven in 1997. David is married for 52 years to his wife Sally and is the father of three daughters. McDermott Auto Group in addition to being a significant contributor to many of East Haven’s signature events has demonstrated a community mind spirit unsurpassed throughout the company’s 18 years in the town.

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Branford Memorial Day Parade

Carrying the Columbus Committee Banner are Terri Vailette and Alex Palluzzi, Jr. at the May 25, 2015 Memorial Day Parade in Branford, CT.
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Memorial Day May 25, 2015
Placing of the Wreath at the Monument in East Haven on Memorial Day are from left to right, Andrew Gianelli, Ron Mortali, Peter DeBrino, Vivian DeBrino,  Joanne Mallinson, Mayor Joseph Maturo, Rita George and Bill Zampa.
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Newly elected General Co-chairs
of the Columbus Day Committee
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(Front)  Andrew Gianelli, Vivian DeBrino, Joanne Mallinson.  (Rear) Peter DeBrino and Laura Luzzi, Chairman.

The 2015 Columbus Day Committee Officers

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(Front Row)  Magdalen Sparaco, Secretary, Laura Luzzi, Chairman,
Charlotte Gambardella, Treasurer.  (Rear)  Luciano Havens, Assistant Secretary, Paul Criscuolo, President, Peter Desio, 2nd. Vice President,
William Zampa, Vice President and Richard Ramadei, Assistant Treasurer.

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2014 Greater New Haven Columbus Day Parade from Branford Community Television on Vimeo.

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Columbus Day 2014 Corporate Sponsors

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COLUMBUS DAY PARADE OCTOBER 12, 2014
Grand Marshalls, Ms. Phyllis Havens and Mr.  Luigi Nuzzolillo
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Knights of Columbus
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Crowd Enjoying the Parade
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Annual Heritage Dinner
Wednesday, October 8, 2014,
Anthony’s Oceanview
Chairman Laura Luzzi presenting an Award to First Selectman Michael Freda of the Town of North Haven for its support in making the Parade a great success.
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General Co-chairmen of the Parade.  Nick Casella, Parade Marshall Phyllis
Havens, Parade Marshall Luigi Nuzzolillo, Lou Criscuolo and Luciano Havens.
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Heritage Dinner Co-chairmen are Joanne Mallinson, Paul Criscuolo and
Terri Vailette.  Missing is Theresa Argento. 
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Blessing of the Wreaths
October 11, 2014 St. Michaels
Church 11 AM, Statue of
Christopher Columbus,
Wooster Park.
Co-chairs are Theresa Argento and Richard DiPalma.
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Carrying Wreath given by Marchegiana to be placed
at ColumbusStatue in Wooster Park.
Florence Thomasini and William Zampa
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Wreaths placed at Christopher Columbus
statue in Wooster Park.
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Passing of the Flag 
The Parade of the year 2015 will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2015 in the Town of East Haven.  On the left is Mayor Joseph Maturo receiving the Italian Flag from First Selectman Michael Freda of the Town of North Haven.
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