Community helps make Bronx Columbus Day Parade a reality after death of founder

(10/10/04) MORRIS PARK - Thousands of people showed their Italian pride on Sunday during the Bronx's annual Columbus Day Parade.

The Italian-American tradition marched down Morris Park Avenue. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Grand Marshal Steven Perillo joined local leaders in the parade including Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr.

The fate the parade this year was at one point uncertain after the death of its sole founding organizer Don Doprisco, but the new committee says the spirit of the community pulled through to make it happen.

This year's parade featured 10 floats and 15 marching bands. One of those bands came to the Bronx from Naples, Italy.

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