BRANFORD — The Greater New Haven Columbus Day Parade is coming to Branford on Sunday, Oct. 13.

The annual honor of hosting the parade, which rotates among the towns of East Haven, West Haven, Hamden, New Haven, and North Haven, returns to Branford in 2019 — appropriately enough, on the occasion of its 375th birthday.

Vietnam Army veteran and Bronze Star recipient Branford’s Vincent Giordano Jr. of Giordano Construction Cos., and Betty Ann Cacace Donegan, an inductee in Branford Education Hall of Fame known for her culinary school and involvement in charitable causes, will serve as Parade Grand Marshals.

In addition to precision marching units from across New England and marchers representing Italian-American organizations from across the Greater New Haven area, there will be a lineup of ancient fife and drum corps, marching bands, and special parade floats featuring, among others, Branford’s popular Sin Sisters Band.

“This is a regional, multi-cultural, 100-percent family-oriented parade,” said Branford’s Paul Criscuolo, the president of the Columbus Day Executive Committee of Greater New Haven. “There will be something for everyone.”

The parade is on Sunday, Oct. 13 and will step off at 1:30 p.m. on Branford’s Main Street and conclude at Branford High School. Recommended parking is at Branford rail station. In the event of inclement weather, call Branford Recreation Department at 203-488-8304. For more information, visit

— Lisa Reisman

Connecticut Media Group