Columbus honored at Bensonhurst’s annual parade

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All smiles: Five-year-old Bensonhurst resident Matthew Howe attended the Columbus Day Parade in Bensonhurst with his mother Josephine and particularly loved the antique cars.
Police pride: An NYPD honor guard marched down 18th Avenue during the Columbus Day Parade in Bensonhurst.
Dancing queens: Tottenville High School students performed a dance routine.
Facing the music: Students from the Tottenville High School marching band performed.
Dog days of fall: Bianca watched the Columbus Day Parade with her owner — and chauffeur — Nina.

The tradition marches on.

Brooklynites descended on Bensonhurst on Oct. 7 for the annual Columbus Day Parade, which proceeded up 18th Avenue from 60th Street to 84th Street during the two-hour march. The yearly event is a special one for locals, many of whom make a point to turn out for the festivities year after year across generations, according to one resident.

“It’s a tradition. I’ve been going with my parents, and now I’m taking my kids,” said Josephine Howe, who brought her 5-year-old son, Matthew, to the parade. “It’s something I’ve been doing with him since he was born.”

Howe said her son particularly loved the parade of antique cars that drove up the avenue with Italian flags on their hoods flapping in the breeze.

“He loves all sports cars, so he was really into all of them,” she said.

Members of the police department also marched up the avenue, and parade-goers were treated to dance and music performances by students from Tottenville High School.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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