Binghamton celebrates 58th annual Columbus Day parade, Italian Fest

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The City of Binghamton marked Columbus Day with its 58th annual Parade, Italian Festival, and Tournament of Bands.

The parade, sponsored by Mirabito, stepped off Monday morning at 10 a.m. from the American Legion on Main Street making its way down to Court Street.

It featured local dignitaries along with members from the Binghamton and Endicott Sons of Italy lodges.

On Water Street near Boscov's, volunteers from Saint Mary's and The Sons prepared meatball sandwiches, polenta, chicken spiedies, and cannoli.

Saint Mary's Volunteer Coordinator Renee Cramer says the event was a big hit despite the weather.

"It's fun. There's a little wind and rain, but it seems to be fine. It's a lot of fun when people come down and enjoy the food and the parade. I enjoy it too," said Cramer.

The parade also featured the Tournament of Bands, with four local and regional schools, including Vestal and Johnson City, taking part in a New York State Juried Competition.

The weather did keep some of the scheduled bands from competing in the event.

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