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Boston Columbus Day Parade

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Dates:Sunday, October 9, 2016
The parade on Sunday, October 8th 2017 kicks off in Boston and winds through the North End's narrow streets - Atlantic Ave, Hanover Street, Cross Street.

Marching bands, vintage cars, performers, and floats make this parade a fun celebration of Italian heritage and has been an annual event since 1937. Each year it switches off neighborhoods, between the North End (odd years) and East Boston (even years).

Boston's spectacular Columbus Day Parade features an eclectic mix of marching brass bands, vintage cars, performers, and floats, military units and Colonial militias, Italian-Boston organizations, Duck Boat floats, politicians, and more.

It always occurs on the Sunday before Columbus Day.

This 2-hour parade attracts more people from the neighborhood than tourists, and chatting with all the neighbors and other groups while watching the bands, military units and honorary militias, floats, performers, clowns, and even antique cars.

The parade celebrates Boston's Italian heritage, Christopher Columbus's expeditions to the Americas, and the commitment of Massachusetts military units to American freedom. Lots of local organizations, military corps, politicians, performers, and high school marching bands provide fun and entertainment.

In odd-numbered years (2017, 2019), the parade kicks off in Boston and winds through the North End's narrow streets - Atlantic Ave, Hanover Street, Cross Street. In even-numbered years (2016, 2018, 2020), the parade marches down Bennington Street in East Boston, starting at the Suffolk Downs parking lot and ending up at Maverick Square.



Bennington Street, East Boston, MA map


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