ABC7 Chicago to Celebrate Italian-American Heritage Month with Columbus Day Parade
The hour-long event is hosted by ABC7 Windy City Weekend anchors, Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini. They will be joined in the broadcast booth by Anthony Rago, member of the board of directors of the Italian-American Human Relations Foundation, who will comment. The parade will air on Monday, October 11 at 1 p.m. and will also be available on abc7chicago.com and ABC7 connected TV applications. October is Italian-American Heritage Month.
“We are very proud to partner with ABC 7 again,” said Ron Onesti, Chairman of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans. “The Columbus Day Parade is a multi-generation tradition that celebrates the contributions of Italians to this great country.”
After an absence in 2020 due to the pandemic, the parade, produced by the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, is proud to set off from iconic State Street and Wacker Drive. The 2021 theme, “Columbus and the American Dream,” recalls how Italian-American immigrants and others worked to improve life in America. The memory of the late Jasper B. Sanfilippo, a businessman who has supported Italian-American initiatives and charities all his life, will be recognized this year. His five children, co-presidents of the parade, will lead the march in honor of their father.
The proud Italian-American celebrities featured this year include The Buckinghams of Chicago, Danny Seraphine, the band’s original Chicago drummer, and tenor Pasqaule Esposito. The famous Jesse White Tumblers will once again be part of the 2021 festivities which will feature marching bands, floats and dignitaries.
The parade will feature more than 15 different ethnic groups representing the diverse fabric of Chicago.
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