EAST HAVEN, CT – It’s been seven years since East Haven hosted the parade that honors Italian-American heritage. That changes on October 9.
Since 2003, the parade has grown into a regional event held on a rotational basis among six communities in the region, including East Haven, Hamden, West Haven, Branford, New Haven and North Haven.
Now, City of East Haven and Greater New Haven Italian American Heritage Committee Chair Laura Florio Luzzi has announced that the 2022 Parade Kick-Off Party will take place Thursday, May 26 from 5-8 p.m. . The event, scheduled to be held at Beachside Restaurant, Silver Sands Beach Club, 640 Silver Sands Road, East Haven, will feature a buffet dinner, coffee, dessert and door prizes, including airfare. By bike. Cash bar available.
“On behalf of our entire committee, we cannot express our thanks enough to Silver Sands Beach Club for generously offering to host this launch event and the support of the entire community,” said President Michelle Benivegna. “The occasion is a major fundraiser for the committee, as all proceeds will be used for this year’s Italian American Heritage Parade.”
Tickets can be purchased in advance from Presidents Benivegna at 475-227-4711, Robert Bonanno at 203-645-4162 or Robert Parente 203-675-1588 or at City Hall.
Tickets are $35.
Volunteers will also be needed for parade planning and coordination. Please contact the City of East Haven if you would like to attend the parade. To participate in the parade, any group or organization must complete the parade request form which can be obtained on the web: www.columbusdaynewhaven.org or by email: Benivegna at [email protected] or by calling Mayor Joseph’s office A. Carfora at 203-468-3204