EAST HANOVER — Cool temperatures didn’t dampen spirits at the 17th Annual Morris County Columbus Day Parade, hosted by the East Hanover Italian American Club.
In collaboration with the Township of East Hanover, the Columbus Day Parade stands as a testament to the deep-rooted Italian heritage and culture. This year is particularly special as the East Hanover Italian American Club marks its 40th anniversary. Since its inception, the club’s founders have been dedicated to uplifting the community and spotlighting the significant Italian presence within it.
This year, the parade is graced by Jack Ciattarelli as the Grand Marshal. Alongside him, various outstanding individuals are being honored: John Trezza takes the Entrepreneur of the Year title, Frank Demaio, Jr. is being celebrated as Man of the Year, and Stacie Costello earns the recognition of Woman of the Year. Additionally, Marc Macaluso is being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Giuliana Josephine Lazorko charmingly steps into the role of the 2023 Parade Princess.
The parade emcee was Lisa Marie Falbo. She is an Emmy-nominated television host, entrepreneur, and author. A dynamic force in the media world, she has overseen numerous corporate and television productions while serving as a host for various television and digital programs.
Spotlighted along the parade route were the standout champions from the East Hanover-Florham Park New Jersey Little League Section 1, winners of the 2023 title.