Lauretti, Parade, Marines, Free Concerts Highlight Columbus Weekend Events

Marine Band
Marines are coming

Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, also a Republican candidate for governor in 2018, is this year’s grand marshal for the Columbus Day Parade Oct. 8th. Two free Marine Band concerts will also take place as part of the weekend festivities, October 6 and October 7, 7 p.m. at the Klein Memorial Auditorium. The concerts are free of charge, but tickets must be picked up at Lupe’s Drug Store, 3129 Main Street.

“We owe a great deal to Rich Iannucci and his team who put a lot of effort into bringing the Parade together,” says Lauretti.

Herbst, Lauretti Columbus Day
Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst, left, and Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti at a Bridgeport Columbus parade several years ago. Both are now candidates for governor.

109th Columbus Day Parade:  Sunday, October 8th – 1:00 PM – Steps off from Wayne Street and Jewett Avenue in Bridgeport’s North End. Proceeding South on Wayne Street to Madison Avenue, finishing at Micalizzi’s Italian Ices and Ice Cream Shop, 712 Madison Avenue.

Columbus Street Festa: Sunday, October 8th (same day as the Parade) from 11:30 AM – 8:00 PM at Micalizzi’s Italian Ices and Ice Cream Shop (712 Madison Avenue) and adjacent streets. See attached flier for more information

Two Free Marine Band Concerts: Friday, October 6th and Saturday, October 7th. Both Concerts start at 7:00 PM, with doors open to the public at 6:00 PM. The Concerts will be held at the Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport. There is plenty of free parking at the Klein. The Concerts are free, but due to limited seating tickets are required. Tickets are available at Lupe’s Drug Store in Bridgeport, 3129 Main Street – (203) 374-0600. Concert goers are asked to bring non-perishable food items to the Klein (night of the Concerts) for distribution to Veterans in need from the greater Bridgeport community.

Columbus Day flier



  1. Once again, it’s time to celebrate Columbus Day. Yet, the stunning truth is: If Christopher Columbus were alive today, he would be put on trial for crimes against humanity. Columbus’ reign of terror, as documented by noted historians, was so bloody, his legacy so unspeakably cruel, that Columbus makes a modern villain like Saddam Hussein look like a pale codfish.

    Columbus saw profit in enslaving and selling native peoples kidnapped from Caribbean shores. Once he made allies among what he called “good Indians,” Columbus advocated fighting and enslaving native groups he presumed to be cannibals. By 1500, he and his brothers had sent nearly 1,500 enslaved islanders to European markets to be sold. Even “friendly” indigenous peoples were forced to mine gold en masse, speeding death from malnourishment, overwork and disease.

    Columbus was clearly no friend of native peoples, but a document discovered 10 years ago in Simancas, Spain, suggests he was an equal-opportunity tyrant. Witnesses testified that his brief government of Hispaniola was marked by routine cruelty not only to the native Taínos but also to Spaniards. Just saying.

  2. We can put Columbus right up there with the Dog Soldiers of the US Calvary who slaughtered native Americans out west. In fact there is a statute out west honoring their deeds. The fact is this was a Black Calvary Regiment.
    Times were different then, goes that make it right? In the eyes of people that lived then the answer is Yes

  3. The Dog Soldiers or Dog Men (Cheyenne Hotamétaneo’o) are historically one of six military societies of the Cheyenne Nation. Beginning in the late 1830s, this society evolved into a separate, militaristic band that played a dominant role in Cheyenne resistance to the United States of America expansion. No Black Calvary Unit here Andy.

  4. The dog soldiers were the elite military organizations in the tribe. They were the last line of defense for the people. And so they were greatly esteemed. The warriors in the society were outfitted with a particular sash, which trailed the ground. Each member carried a sacred arrow. And in time of battle, the dog soldier would impale the sash to the ground and stand the ground to the death. They had a song which only the members could sing, and only in the face of death. So you can imagine, that children, when they saw a dog soldier go by, must have just — Ahhh, wow! Look at that guy, he’s a dog soldier!” No Black Calvary Unit here Andy.


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