October 13, 2015
Contact: Mayor Dan Rizzo

Revere celebrates Columbus Day on Broadway

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Crowds were out for the Columbus Day Parade Monday afternoon, and most people were just out watching and simply enjoying the numerous attractions marching down Broadway.

The parade started at the Cronin Skating Rink at the Revere/Chelsea border and ended down Broadway.

Saugus resident Jeanne Levasseur, 76, was sitting and “people watching” with her friend, Annette Slocomb, 92, another Saugus resident.

“I love parades,” Levasseur said. “We come every year other than when they couldn’t have it a couple of years.”

Joann Giannino said two of her family members were in the parade. Her granddaughter, Jessica A. Giannino, is a City Council member and is running for re-election for to retain her councilor-at-large seat. Her son and Jessica’s father, Sgt. Christopher Giannino, is a Revere police officer. Both father and daughter were marching.

Giannino said she has lived in Revere for 56 years. One of her favorite parts is the Christopher Columbus float.

“The Columbus Day parade has been a tradition for so many years,” Giannino said. “It’s a big event in our city.”

Carmine Cavaliero, 43, traveled from Dracut, where he resides, to surprise his daughter, who was performing in the parade as part of a dancing company in town, called Dance Revolution with Erika.

“I took a personal day from work to surprise her,” Cavaliero said.

Revere resident Tiara Murray, 21, said she used to come to the parade as a child and wanted her son Sebastian to experience what she did growing up.

Timothy Lombardo, 43, said the parade for him was about “getting the family together.” His wife, Xiomara Ramos, 38, just came to the United States from Puerto Rico three months ago and has never seen the type of attractions the parade has to offer before.

Janet Stuppia, 70, a Revere resident, said she came mostly for her grandson, Jake, who is 2 ½. Jake Stuppia was anticipating the band the most and could be seen playing his trumpet on the sidewalk.

“It’s his first parade,” Stuppia said.

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