Rep. Michael Stinziano has been selected as the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Columbus Day Italian Parade, the Columbus Italian Festival has announced.
The parade, which will kick off at 1 PM on Sunday, October 11, is billed as a celebration of “all things Columbus and Italian and Italian Columbus.”
“I’m honored to lead a parade that celebrates the heritage of my family and the many Italian Americans who live here in central Ohio,” Stinziano said.
In making the selection, festival organizers said that Stinziano’s family “has a long history in the Italian Catholic faith stretching from Columbus, Ohio, back to Old World Italy.”
The parade will feature competing high school marching bands, Italian dancers, Santa Maria replicas, classic cars and will step off at Buttles Avenue in the Short North.
This year’s theme is “Friends, Family and Faith.” Last year’s Grand Marshall was WBNS-TV Sports Anchor Dom Tiberi.