The tradition marches on.
Brooklynites descended on Bensonhurst on Oct. 7 for the annual Columbus Day Parade, which proceeded up 18th Avenue from 60th Street to 84th Street during the two-hour march. The yearly event is a special one for locals, many of whom make a point to turn out for the festivities year after year across generations, according to one resident.
“It’s a tradition. I’ve been going with my parents, and now I’m taking my kids,” said Josephine Howe, who brought her 5-year-old son, Matthew, to the parade. “It’s something I’ve been doing with him since he was born.”
Howe said her son particularly loved the parade of antique cars that drove up the avenue with Italian flags on their hoods flapping in the breeze.
“He loves all sports cars, so he was really into all of them,” she said.
Members of the police department also marched up the avenue, and parade-goers were treated to dance and music performances by students from Tottenville High School.