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Bensonhurst celebrates Columbus Day with parade

Red, white and blue — along with some red, white and green — were seen all over 18th Avenue on Oct. 8 in celebration of the 29th annual Columbus Day Parade.

Music was provided by marching bands from Fort Hamilton High School and Mother Cabrini High School and the local fire department also showed its spirit as members played their pipes and drums across 18th Avenue.

The parade traditionally honors Italian-American heritage, but over the years has shown the diversity of Bensonhurst.

“I was happy to see all the different schools that marched for the parade,” said Mary Pizzo, a local resident and teacher. “There were a lot of Asian-Americans and also African-Americans, so it was nice to see all the different communities and ethnicities come together for the holiday.”

The parade, which is sponsored by The Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn, brought out some of the biggest names in the Brooklyn community, including Councilman Domenick Recchia, Assemblyman Bill Colton and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

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