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Columbus Day Italian Parade
& High School Marching Band Competition
Sunday, October 8th, 2017 * 1:00 p.m.

2017 Grand Marshal: TBA


Sunday, October 8th at 1:00 p.m.  The parade weaves 1.2 miles through Victorian Village, Short North, and Italian Village.

Celebrate Columbus and Italian Heritage pride by march or watching the family friendly Columbus Day Italian Parade & High School Marching Bands Competition!

This parade will be so entertaining it’ll put a smile on Mona Lisa!

Columbus Day Italian Parade Participant’s Instructions

Parade Route:  From Line-up on Dennison Avenue, East on Buttles Ave, North on High Street, to East on Warren Ave to end at 4th Street.

Line-up Information:

  • Parade Line-Up: begins at 11:00 a.m. on Dennison Ave. (west of Goodale Park).
  • Parade Starts at 1:00 p.m.
  • Band Members are to be dropped off on Buttles Ave & Dennison Ave’s. (north side of Goodale Park.
  • At the end of the parade, all marching bands will be directed to the Carfagna Stage (big tent) for the continuation of the competition.

Keep updated on CDIP 2016 on our Facebook Blog:

Some Parade Marching Directions:

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.

BAND 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 be 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, Johnathan Alder High School Marching Band, 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!  (Bands:  Your points start scoring the minute you walk off the bus and go until you walk off the stage.)

Registration: (taken through October 8th)

Entry Fees:

There is no entry fee for non-political entries.
$100 fee for Politicians and Political Issues.
All entries must submit a registration form.
Click to Download Parade Application

Information & Contact

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

2016 Italian Festival Marching Band Champions
Kenton Ridge High School, Springfield, Ohio

Cols Italian Parade Kenton 2016 Champions

2016 Italian Festival Best Percussion Award
Watkins Memorial High School, Pataskala, Ohio

Cols Italian Parade Watkins Drum Line 2016

Special Thanks to Ohio Dominican University Marching Band

Columbus Italian Parade ODU


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