2004

2004 Columbus Day Committee Press Release

The Columbus Day Committee of Greater New Haven is happy to announce its annual festivities scheduled for Columbus Day weekend.

On Saturday, October 11, the festivities begin with the annual wreath laying ceremony at the statue of Christopher Columbus in Wooster Square. This festive occasion begins at 11AM with mass at St. Michael’s Church, the oldest Italian- Catholic church in Connecticut, followed by the traditional wreath laying ceremony at the Columbus Statue.

The heritage dinner will be held at Anthony’s Ocean View on Saturday October 9beginning with cocktail hour at 6pm and a full course Italian dinner. Enteretainment will be provided by Visions and the guest speaker is the Honorable Rosa DeLauro, Congresswoman, 3rd district. At the heritage dinner the following will be honored for their contributions to the community and Columbus Day Committee: Dr. Mel Goldstein of Channel 8 for all his work with the fight against Cancer; Gina Falcigno and Chris Fletcher of the Towm of North Haven for their contributions to last year’s festivities and Mayor Joseph Maturo of East Haven for his work with this years festivities. Tickets are $60 per person and could be purchased by calling 484-9558 or 469-1217.

The culmination of festivities is the Columbus Day Parade scheduled for Sunday October 10 at 1:00 in the center of East Haven. Over 120 units will be participating and this year’s parade promises to be one of the finest ever. Featured in this year’s parade will be the East Haven High School Marching Band, which will provide a mini-concert at the parade’s beginning and a vocal solo by television and movie star Caitlin Hale.

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2004 COLUMBUS DAY PARADE AWARD WINNERS

DRUM & BUGLE AND FIFE & DRUM CORPS

1ST: STONY CREEK FIFE & DRUM CORP • PO Box 1886, Stony Creek, CT 06405

2ND: YALESVILLE SENIOR ANCIENT FIFE & DRUM CORP • Bernard Lindaver, Director 12 Canoe Birch Ct Berlin, 06037

VETERANS AND NON-MILITARY COLOR GUARDS

1ST: IWO-JIMA SURVIVORS ASSOCIATION • c/o Sam Girasuolo 537 First Av, WH 06516 933-0886

2ND: MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART-NATHAN HALE CHAPTER • c/o Charles Gallagher 204 Maple ST, EH 06512 468-9722

FRATERNAL GROUPS

1ST: COMMANDER JOHN BARRY 4TH DEGREE ASSEMBLY K of C • c/o Lawrence Cramer 211 Evergreen Av, Hamden 06518

281-6908 2ND: OUR LADY OF POMPEII COUNCIL 11245 K of C and GIRL SCOUTS

FLOATS

1ST: EH REPUBLICAN TOWN COMMITTEE • c/o Kory Kolb 49 High St, EH 06512 469-4475

2ND: BOY SCOUTS-TROUP 401-OLD STONE CHURCH • c/o Edwin Taylor 352 Townsend Av, NH 06512 469-3441

ITALIAN-AMERICAN SOCIETY

1ST: SIRS (Southern Italy Religious Society) • c/o Theresa Argento 42 Milton ST, New Haven 06512 469-0217

2ND: MARCHEGIANA SOCIETY • c/o Bill Zampa 27 S. Strong St, EH 06513 467-1993

DRILL TEAMS

1ST: JAMES HILLHOUSE ARMY JR. ROTC • Col. Donald B. Leazott 480 Sherman Pky NH, 06511 946-8270

2ND: COMPANY A- 1ST BN. MARINE CADETS OF AMERICA • Capt. Anthony DeBiase 30 Woodward Av, NH 06512 468-8762

SCHOOL BANDS

1ST: EAST GRANBY H.S. CRUSADERS MARCHING BAND • 95 S. Main St, East Granby 06026 Alison Young 860-653-2541

2ND: EAST HAVEN H.S. MARCHING BAND • c/o Michael Martino, 35 Wheelbarrow Ln, EH 06513 468-3242

MIDDLE/ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BANDS

1ST: BETSY ROSS ARTS MAGNET MARCHING BAND • c/o Daniel Cross 150 Kimberly Av, NH 06519 203-294-9540

2ND: DAVIS SCHOOL 21ST CENTURY MARCHING BAND • William Fluker 35 Davis St, NH 203-946-8661

STUDENT MARCHING UNITS

1ST: MOMAUGUIN SCHOOL • Karen Goodale, 99 Cosey Beach Rd, EH 06512

2ND: CUB SCOUT -PACK 401 • Edwin Taylor, 352 Townsend Av, NH 06512

POLICE/FIRE UNITS

1ST: YALE UNIVERSITY POLICE HONOR GUARD • Lt. Mike Patten 98 Sachem St, NH 06511 432-4415

2ND: AMERICAN LEGION POST 132- NH FIRE DEPT • c/o Louis Romano 434 Strong St, EH 06512 468-0545