This Year, Brooklyn’s Columbus Day Parade Shared With Staten Islanders

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The 31st Annual Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade along 18th Avenue will have one special addition: Staten Islanders.

Because of a conflict of schedule, the parade in Staten Island had to be cancelled. Residents and participants were disappointed, according to Home Reporter News.

Ronald Castorina, Jr., a member of the board of trustees of the Italian Historical Society of America, wanted to remedy the situation so he asked the Brooklyn Columbus Parade Committee if Staten Islanders can march in the Bensonhurst parade.

The Federation of Italian-American Organizations (FIAO), who run the event, agreed to share the festivities.

“We should all join together and support each other to celebrate the pride we feel,” said FIAO Chairperson Jack Spatola.

The parade begins  at 1 p.m. on October 6 at 18th Avenue and 61st Street, and continue on down the avenue to 84th Street.