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Parades Celebrate State’s Italian Heritage

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Italian Flag (Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images)

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Columbus Day parades are planned in three Connecticut cities on Sunday, Oct. 9,  to celebrate the state’s Italian heritage.

Hartford’s parade steps off at 10:30,  from the corner of Maple Avenue and Franklin Avenue,  down Franklin Avenue to the Columbus Memorial near the Wethersfield town line.   It culminates a three-day Italian-American festival in the city’s South End.

The Greater New Haven parade,  which is hosted by a different community each year,  is being held in West Haven this year.  The two-hour event steps off at 1 p.m. along Campbell Avenue.  Ninety marching units and 20 bands are expected to take part.

And Bridgeport’s 103rd annual parade will leave Wayne Street and Jewett Avenue, south on Madison Avenue to Beers Street,  to Central High School.  at 1 p.m. A free pre-parade show is planned starting at 11:30 at the reviewing stand,  712 Madison Avenue.

Newtown’s Labor Day parade,   postponed because of debris and flooding from Tropical Storm Irene,  also is scheduled for the Columbus Day weekend.

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