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Ocean County Columbus Now Accepts Nominations for Grand Marshal

The Ocean County Columbus Day Parade Committee is currently accepting nominations for Grand Marshal of the 28th Annual Parade and Italian Festival to be held in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, from October 11 – 13, 2019.

“The Ocean County Columbus Day Parade and Italian Festival has grown into one of the most popular ethnic celebrations in the state, attracting thousands of tourists to Seaside Heights over the past 27 years,” said Parade Chairman Michael A. Blandina. “Grand Marshal nominees should be civic-minded individuals who are of good character, as they will be the symbolic leader of the weekend’s festivals as we celebrate our 28th year.”

“The selection process has always been very difficult because there are always a number of deserving nominees,” said Phyllis Shindle, Chairwoman of the Grand Marshal Search Committee. “The Selection Committee will work diligently to choose the right person to serve as Grand Marshal for this year’s Parade and Italian Festival and one that will represent the Parade Committee and Ocean County in an admirable manner.”

The deadline for nominations is March 18th. Nominations must be submitted with a letter of recommendation and biography, or resume to: Ocean County Columbus Day Parade Committee, c/o Michael A. Blandina, 249 Hawaii Drive, Brick, NJ 08723.

“Every Nomination that is submitted will be carefully considered by the Selection Committee and may be called upon with additional questions,” said Chairman Blandina. “I am confident that the Search Committee will once again select a deserving individual and someone who will be an exemplary representative of the residents of Ocean County.” The Grand Marshal selection will be announced during the first week of April and the person chosen will be honored their annual reception. Anyone who is interested in becoming involved in the 2019 Ocean County Columbus Day Parade and Italian Festival, or joining the committee should contact Michael Blandina at 732-477-6507.