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Annual Columbus Day celebration returns to Christopher Columbus Park

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  October 5, 2012 01:42 PM

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Christopher Columbus Park will be the site of a Columbus Day celebration on Monday.

The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park are gearing up for a day of family activities and entertainment in honor of the park’s namesake explorer.

On Monday, Oct. 8, the non-profit group will celebrate the Columbus Day holiday with more than four hours of festivities, beginning at 10:45 in the morning with a children’s parade through the park.

Italian Consul General Giuseppe Pastorelli and Mayor Thomas M. Menino will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the park’s Christopher Columbus statue at 11 a.m., and the family entertainment will begin at 11:30 and continue into the afternoon. Scheduled performers include Jenny the Juggler, the Tanglewood Marionettes, magician Peter O’Malley, and Big Joe the Storyteller.

The celebration will also include games for children, and the North End Music and Performing Arts Center will offer art projects. It will close with a performance by The Last Call, an award-winning, all-male a cappella group from Cornell University.

Marty Morris, a junior at the university who hails from Milton, Mass., said the group has something for everyone.

“We perform a large variety of songs, from more classic a cappella to modern pieces,” Morris said in a statement released by the Friends.

Joanne Hayes-Rines, president of the Friends, said the event, now in its fourth year, will be fun for local families and visitors alike.

“We’re delighted that the Last Call has added Columbus Park to its fall tour,” Hayes-Rines said. “It will be a great time for North End and Waterfront families and those who visit the park on Columbus Day.”

The free event is sponsored by Al Dente Restaurant, Benevento’s, Boston PushCart, CL Waterfront Properties LLC, and Tia’s Restaurant.

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