(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David joined members of Binghamton’s Italian-American community on Wednesday to announce details of the 59th Annual Columbus Day Parade, Tournament of Marching Bands and Italian Festival in downtown Binghamton on Monday, Oct. 8.
“The Columbus Day festivities in Binghamton celebrate the culture, traditions and accomplishments of our City’s proud Italian-American community,” said Mayor David. “From the parade to the music to the food, this event is one of Binghamton’s most cherished, family-friendly traditions, and it showcases the very best our community and our downtown have to offer.”
Monday’s festivities will begin at 9 a.m. with the raising of the Italian flag outside Binghamton City Hall.
The Columbus Day Parade and Tournament of Marching Bands will begin at 10 a.m. near the intersection of Main and Arthur streets. It will proceed east down Main Street toward downtown, crossing the Court Street Bridge and finishing in front of the Broome County Courthouse.
Five schools from New York State and Pennsylvania will participate in the annual Tournament of Marching Bands during the parade. Johnson City, Northeast Bradford, Union-Endicott, Whitney Point and Williamson will be competing. Additionally, the Binghamton High School Steel Drum Band will lead the music segment of the parade. The marching bands will compete before judges in the section of Court Street between Water and State streets.
Following the parade, the Italian Festival will take place on Water Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with live music and food from the Sons of Italy, the Abruzzese Social Club and St. Mary’s parish.
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