500 Christopher Columbus Boulevard
P.O. Box 1492, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
"We are hard at work to make our 26th year the best one yet," stated Blandina. He also praised the members of the Parade Committee for their hard work and dedication. The Committee consists of Band Chair Phyllis Shindle, Groups and Organization Co-Chairs Millie Aprea, & Isa Appignani and Float Chair Paul Perillo.
"In addition to the annual favorites that will be returning such as local high school bands, the Italian Gondola and Italian Brass Band, many new organizations and groups will be participating for the first time this year," stated Blandina. "The Parade Committee is especially proud to bring new attractions each year, including annual visitors from Italy, who are always a crowd pleaser." This year we will have two groups coming. The first being "LaTeglia" from San Palo Matese, Molise Italy and the other is "Citta’ di Tropea" from Vibo Valentia, Calabria Italy.
Blandina stated that there is still time to get involved with the Columbus Day Parade. "The Parade Committee is always looking for civic minded individuals who might be able to join or assist as a volunteer during this special weekend," Blandina added. Any organizations that wish to participate should contact the Parade Committee. The Committee is also seeking sponsors for the bands, floats and entertainment participating in this year’s parade and Italian Festival. Any individual, business or professional who wishes to become a sponsor or to participate should contact Michael Blandina at 732-477-6507 by September 10, 2017.