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Norwalk’s Italian-American community celebrated its heritage during a Columbus Day parade along West Avenue in Norwalk on Oct. 7.
The event took place this year after plans for a 2017 Columbus Day parade fizzled for logistical reasons.
The parade route, from Wall Street to Heritage Wall, was a joint effort between the Italian American Police Society of Southern Connecticut, the Norwalk Sons and Daughters of Italy, the Knights of Columbus and the St. Ann Club of Norwalk. It was the first such parade in was may become an annual event. Members of the K of C Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 color corps marched as well as non color corps members.
The parade stepped off around noon from the Eagles Club on Mott Avenue and proceeded down West Avenue to the Christopher Columbus monument at Heritage Wall, where former state House Republican Leader and Knights of Columbus member Lawrence F. Cafero Jr. of Norwalk spoke. Afterward, St. Ann Club hosted a Mass and dinner with Sons and Daughters of Italy at the St. Ann Club on Hendricks Avenue.
Pic credits-The Hour newspaper