Parade is source of (Italian) pride

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Get ready to paint the town green, white and red this weekend.

This Sunday, Howard Beach will be awash with Italian pride as the Howard Beach Columbus Day Foundation Inc. presents its 6th annual Columbus Day Parade.

Beginning at noon on Cross Bay Boulevard, there will be floats, live entertainment, Italian delicacies and specialties (zeppole anyone?), elected officials — and a lot of “orgoglio” (pride).

Previous parades have drawn thousands of spectators and honorees such as Rosanna Scotto from Fox 5.

The Howard Beach Columbus Day Foundation is a non-profit organization whose goal is to promote the Italian culture and well-being of society by scholarships, educational programs and community activities.

Every year, the Foundation celebrates the largest Italian-American Columbus parade. Spectators travel as far as from Italy to participate in the enjoyment of the parade.

The Foundation rewards its members and supporters by a Dinner Dance Gala to commemorate their hard work and dedication. This year, it will recognize six honorees: Nicholas DiMarzio, Roman Catholic bishop, diocese of Brooklyn; Sergeant Anthony Cesarano, president of the NYPD Columbia Association; Mitchell Weiss, NYPD chief clergy liaison; Josephine Maietta, board member of Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York; former U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato and entertainer Angelo Venuto.

The Gala will be held on September 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Russo’s On The Bay.