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Belleville Celebrates 36th Annual Columbus Day Parade

The Nutley Belleville Columbus Day Parade committee is hosting the largest Italian American event in Essex County. This year’s Columbus Day Parade is scheduled for Sunday, October 7th at 1:30pm. The parade route starts at Belleville High School, proceeds North on Franklin Avenue and ends at Nutley High School. The gala honoree dinner will be on September 27th at 6:30pm at the Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville.

More than 4,000 spectators are expected to attend this year’s parade, which has more than 1,000 participants, representing 70 entries, including marching bands, drill teams, antique automobiles, motorcycles, floats, flags and representation from many local town organizations. There will be zeppole stands, plus face painting and balloon bounce and slides for the children.

The parade reviewing stand will be on Franklin Avenue at the Oval in Nutley. If you are interested in participating in the parade, please contact Pasquale Meola at 973-489-7002 or Vito Matturro, 973-517-0245. For tickets to the gala contact Barbara Freda at 973-650-3849.