Chris Coccia named “Grand Marshal” of 15th Annual Columbus Day Parade


EAST HANOVER — The East Hanover Italian American Club has chosen local resident Chris Coccia as the 2019 Grand Marshal of their 15th Annual Columbus Day Parade. Chris,  owner of Coccia Real Estate, is a longtime sponsor of the parade. The Parade Awards Gala will take place Friday, October 11 at the Hanover Manor, East Hanover.

This years parade will be held on Sunday, October 13, starting at 2:00 p.m. The Parade route travels along Ridgedale Avenue, starting at the East Hanover Fire Department and ending at Lurker Park, is about 1½ miles.

Since 2005, the Morris County Columbus Day Parade has drawn 20,000+ people annually. Past Grand Marshals of the parade include New Jersey Governor Chris Christie; Buddy Valastro of TLC’s “Cake Boss”; Dominic Scaglione, Jr., “Frankie Valli” in Broadway’s “Jersey Boys”; ABC-7’s Ken Rosato; PIX 11’s Dan Mannarino, WFAN’s Gregg Giannotti and radio personality Cindy Vero.

Past Honorees included Mayor Joseph Pannullo – Mayor of East Hanover (2018); Grand  Cristina Fontanelli, Award-winning Singer/PBS-TV Host (2017); Teresa Priolo, Reporter and Anchor, Fox 5 News (2016); Michael Castaldo, Entertainer (2015); Cindy Vero, Radio Personality (2014); Dan Mannarino, Anchor/Reporter, WPIX 11 News (2013) also Parade Dedication: James Gandolfini; and Ken Rosato, Anchor, WABC-7 (2012).

If you are interested in sponsoring the event or advertising in their ad journal please contact Rich Tamburro at  (973) 615-0874.

 You can read the full list of past honorees click here.