Sept. 26, 2012: The Eastchester Columbus Day Celebration Committee announces its 38th Annual Italian Heritage Celebration for 2012 and its honorees. The celebration has grown to become one of the largest Columbus Day celebrations held in Westchester County.
Chairing the committee this year is Karen Gizzo. The honorees this year are:
• Grand Marshal: Richard Forliano
• Monsignor Anthony Maltese Humanitarian Award Recipient: Diane Luisi
• David R. DiRubba Community Service Award Recipient: Will Humphreys
The committee will continue its traditional Columbus Day Weekend celebration with the Columbus Day Carnival, which will be held at Lake Isle Country Club from Friday, October 5, through Monday, October 8. The carnival will include rides, games, local food, and merchant vendors from local restaurants and residents and, of course, live entertainment and, at approximately 9:00 pm, fireworks provided by Fireworks by Grucci.
The parade will take place on Sunday, October 7, starting at the Immaculate Conception Church parking lot on White Plains Road at 3:30 pm, and will head north, ending at the carnival.
Entertainment is as follows:
Friday, October 5: Carnival opens at 6:00 pm with DJs from Double Image
Saturday, October 6: Carnival opens at 1:00 pm (wristbands at $25 each available and valid from 1:00 pm to 7:00)
• Live Music from The Next Step plus Double Image DJs: 6:30 pm-10:30 pm
• Homemade-wine contest beginning at 7:00 pm (judges from the Guardia dei Lombardi Club)
• Homemade-meatball contest beginning at 7:00 pm
Sunday, October 7: Carnival opens at 1:00 pm (wristbands at $25 each available and valid from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm )
• Parade begins at 3:30 pm: Starts at Immaculate Conception Church parking lot going north on Main Street and then north on White Plains Road and ends at Lake Isle Country Club to meet the carnival
• Live Entertainment from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm provided by Le Grand Entertainment with special guest appearance by "Luciano Lamonarca--The Goodwill Tenor" and Double Image DJs
Monday, October 8: Carnival opens at 1:00 pm and closes at 6:00 pm
• Entertainment by Double Image DJs
Admission to the carnival is free, and free parking is available in the Vernon Hills Shopping Center.
Pictured here: Mayor Mary Marvin and Town Councilman Glenn Bellitto at the Columbus Day Parade way back in 2008.
Photo by N. Bower