EAST HANOVER — The weather was perfect and the crowds lined Ridgedale Avenue for the 15th Annual Columbus Day Parade sponsored by East Hanover Italian American Club (EHIAC).
This year the East Hanover Italian American Club celebrates its 36th anniversary. The founders of the club wanted to work for the betterment of their community, as well as promote our large Italian population. Over the last 36 years, the clubs mission has expanded. The philanthropic work includes a scholarship program at Hanover Park High School, and five years ago it expanded to Whippany Park High School. The scholarship funds are raised each year at the annual carnival at Lurker Park every May. The club also takes pride in helping those who are in need; as well as to support other community organizations that work toward the greater good. In 2017, EHIAC was instrumental in starting a bocce ball program in East Hanover.
2019 marks the 15th year that the club has sponsored the Morris County Columbus Day Parade in conjunction with the township of East Hanover. The Parade mission is to perpetuate the rich Italian heritage and culture. A comedy night was added six years ago and will be continued to support the parade.
This year, Chris Coccia was named Grand Marshal; The 2019 Parade Princess is Valentina Ashley Marra; Entrepreneur of the Year: John Gunnello; Man of the Year: Anthony Iacullo, Esq.; Woman of the Year: Natalee Vaccaro Barlett and Athlete of the Year: Giuseppe Rossi.
The parade started at the East Hanover Fire Department on Ridgedale Avenue and continued to Lurker Park where families enjoyed food and fun sponsored by East Hanover Italian American Club.