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Italian Festival, Columbus Day Parade This Weekend in Seaside Heights

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The 2014 Italian Festival in Seaside Heights. (Photo: Parade/Festival Committee)
The 2014 Italian Festival in Seaside Heights. (Photo: Parade/Festival Committee)

Ocean County’s Columbus Day Parade will proceed down the Boulevard this Sunday, but the borough will play host to an Italian Festival that lasts all weekend long.

The festival will be centered on Grant Avenue, where vendors and other have been setting up for several days. The parade will then proceed south-to-north on the Boulevard through town.

Entertainment:

PERFORMING TIME LOCATION
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2015
Jersey Shore DJ Entertainment 4:30 p.m. Entertainment and Dining Tent
Fred Guarino and Friends 5:30 p.m. Entertainment and Dining Tent
Opening Ceremonies 5:50 p.m. Main Stage
Strolling Metropolitan Festival Band 6:00 p.m. Along Grant Ave & Ocean Terr
Dominique and Julian 6:00 p.m. Main Stage
Folkloric Group “Scialapopolo” (From Italy) 7:45 p.m. Main Stage
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2015
Jersey Shore DJ Entertainment 11:30 a.m. Entertainment and Dining Tent
Absolutely Bonkers (Children’s Characters) 12:00 p.m. Along Grant Avenue
Sounds of the Street 1:30  p.m. Main Stage
Joe Salvia 1:30  p.m. Entertainment and Dining Tent
Folkloric Group “Scialapopolo” (From Italy) 2:45  p.m. Main Stage
Joe Salvia 2:45  p.m. Entertainment and Dining Tent
Jimmy Bono Geany 3:45  p.m. Entertainment and Dining Tent
Juke Box Legends: Joe Leo and Billy Sagarese 4:15  p.m. Main Stage
Strolling Metropolitan Festival Band 5:00     p.m. Along Grant Ave & Ocean Terr
Total Soul 5:30     p.m. Main Stage
Patsy Palma 5:45  p.m. Entertainment and Dining Tent
Jersey Shore DJ Entertainment 6:30  p.m. Entertainment and Dining Tent
Folkloric Group “Scialapopolo” (From Italy) 7:00     p.m. Main Stage
Patsy Palma 7:30  p.m. Entertainment and Dining Tent
Jersey Shore DJ Entertainment 8:30  p.m. Entertainment and Dining Tent
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2015
Fred Guarino and Friends 11:00 a.m. Reviewing Stand
Absolutely Bonkers (Children’s Characters) 12:00 p.m. Along Grant Avenue
B & G Entertainment 12:30 p.m. Entertainment and Dining Tent
24th ANNUAL OCEAN COUNTY COLUMBUS DAY PARADE 1:00 P.M. THE BOULEVARD
Jimmy Bono Geany 2:00 p.m. Entertainment and Dining Tent
Strolling Minstrels 2:30 p.m. Along Grant Ave & Ocean Terr
Folkloric Group “Scialapopolo” (From Italy) 2:45 p.m. Reviewing Stand
Rancho Folclorico “Danca Na Eira” (Portuguese Group) 3:00 p.m. Main Stage
Tympanic Plexas 4:00 p.m. Main Stage
David Sodano “Frank Sinatra Tribute” 4:15 p.m. Entertainment and Dining Tent
Juke Box Legends: Joe Leo and Billy Sagarese 5:00  p.m. Main Stage
Jersey Shore DJ Entertainment 6:00  p.m. Entertainment and Dining Tent
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This year’s parade Grand Marshall is Alan M. Floria.

“Every year we are faced with the difficult task of selecting one person from the many deserving candidates to serve as the ceremonial leader of our Parade and Italian Festival,” said Parade Chairman Michael Blandina. “After thoroughly reviewing and considering all the candidates I am proud to say that we have chosen Alan Floria as the Grand Marshal for this years 24th annual event.”

Floria, a local attorney, is a former president of the Brick UNICO chapter, an Italian-American service organization. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

“His community involvement and especially his ties to the Italian community through-out the county and state, stood out among this years nominees,” Blandina added.

 

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