38th Annual Bronx Columbus Day Parade Attracts Thousands of Spectators

The 38th Annual Bronx Columbus Day Parade marched down Morris Park yesterday to the delight of Bronx residents.

For the second year in a row, a well-known celebrity was grand marshal. Vincent Pastore, best known for his role on the HBO series The Sopranos, lead the march as grand marshal. Tough guy on television, Pastore participates in several charities, like, Wounded Warriors, Self Help Africa, and Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Currently, he is working with Calvary Hospital and the Morris Park Community Association on a fundraiser for cancer research.

Also leading the parade was Honorary Marshal, Roseann Carotenuto, a seasoned educator in the Bronx. First beginning her teaching career in 1973, Ms. Carotenuto spearheaded the Guidance Program at Villa Maria Academy and continued her work in counseling for many years. In 2009, Senator Klein awarded her for outstanding educator at the Women of Distinction Awards and Ceremony. She is currently Bronx Superintendent of Catholic Elementary Schools.

As Miss Columbus 2014, Gianna Bianco was chosen to receive a scholarship sponsored by the Generoso Pope Foundation.

This year’s parade drew thousands of spectators as festive drums and bagpipes played musical pieces ranging from traditional to modern. The Bronx’s Columbus Day Parade is the state’s second largest.


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