Congratulations 2015 Italian Festival Marching Band Champions
Jonathan Alder High School

Columbus Italian Parade Band Champions 2015


Click Here to watch video provided by Mary B. Relotto:  Parade 2015

Columbus Day Italian Parade
& High School Marching Band Competition
Sunday, October 9th, 2016 * 1:00 p.m.
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2016 Grand Marshall TBA

Parade Information:

  • Parade Line-Up: begins at 11:00 a.m. on Dennison Ave. (west of Goodale Park).
  • Parade Starts at 1:00 p.m.  Route:  East on Buttles Ave from Dennison Ave, North on High Street, to East on Warren Ave to end at 4th Street.
  • Band Members are to be dropped off on Buttles Ave & Dennison Ave’s. (north side of Goodale Park
  • All marching bands will directed to the Carfagna Stage (big tent) at end of parade.

Cars – All Vehicles that will be IN the parade should enter the Dennison Avenue line-up area from Poplar Avenue, on East side of Neil Avenue (660 Neil Ave). You will be greeted by Team Meatball Ground Crew and given a line-up location number. 

Those with vehicles who wish to park and attend festival, we will once again attempt to have parking reserved in “Jefferies Place” area for you. 

 Walkers and VIP’s are welcome to enter line-up area from Buttles or Poplar or Collins for a line-up location number. 

 BANDS NOTE:  (Everyone marching should also read)

 The BEST IN SHOW competition for the High School Marching Bands begins once the parade steps off at 1 p.m. and competition ends after the last performance at Carfagna Stage at the Columbus Italian Festival.  Only one High School Marching Band will be awarded a Columbus Italian Parade Championship Trophy!

All High School Marching Bands will be stopped on High Street for a stationary performance of up to five minutes.  You may face either East or West, or both.  It will be up to the Band Director to make that sure that the performance stays under five minutes. 

When the bands stop to perform, the whole parade will stop in place.

At the end of the parade route, all marching bands will directed to the Carfagna Stage (big tent) for one final song performance, which will begin tentatively at 2:00 PM.  

 Last year’s band competition winner, Kenton Ridge H.S., will be guest performing in the parade and on stage as Reigning Champions, not as competitors.  This year’s Champion will have that right for next year.

Dancers and/or Flag Corp of each school are also invited to march too.  Bring the teams too!

Registration: (taken through October 8th)

All entries must submit a registration form. Click to Download Parade Application

For more information and a parade blog:

John Contino, Parade Chairman – 614-214-8473 or email:

Deb Roberts, Executive Parade Coordinator – 614-228-1868 or

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