The City is getting everything ready for a major push to bring back the Columbus Day Parade in 2013, and this Columbus Day they’ll kick off that effort with a breakfast roast that will be a who’s who of state and local elected officials.
The parade was discontinued without so much of a whimper in 2008, but it became the classic “don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone” situation. With the parade missing from Broadway each October for the last four years, it became clear to many community leaders that it needed a revival.
Along with the Chamber of Commerce, first-year Mayor Dan Rizzo jumped on the idea to revive the parade and, this coming Monday, he will act as Master of Ceremonies at the kick-off breakfast – which will take place at the Beachmont VFW.
So far, organizers have raised $15,000 towards reviving the event for 2013, with the overall idea of sharing the event with Eastie from year to year.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t appear that it’s going to be the traditional fundraiser breakfast, but rather the beginnings of a Columbus Day tradition that will mirror the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day roast.
“Speakers will use a similar format to the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day even, and even its host, Sen. Jack Hart, will be speaking,” read a letter from Rizzo.
Other speakers will include Gail Huff – former news anchor and wife of U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, Congressman Ed Markey, Congressman Michael Capuano, State Treasurer Steve Grossman, State Auditor Suzanne Bump, Boston Mayor Tom Menino, House Speaker Bob DeLeo, Sen. Anthony Petruccelli, and State Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein.