Christopher Columbus Day Ceremony is Oct. 7 in Pittston

The statue finally rests on its base freely. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch - Tony Callaio file photo

PITTSTON — The City of Pittston will honor Christopher Columbus at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7.

The event will begin with a procession down Main Street from the Lower Tomato Festival Lot to the Columbus statue at the intersection of Kennedy Boulevard and Main Street. The procession will begin around noon.

The program includes various speakers and a wreath-laying ceremony.

The procession on Main Street includes the Cino Paci Band, The Knights of Columbus, the Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick, various local Italian American groups, elected officials and Pittston City Emergency Services units.

The Christopher Columbus statue originally arrived in Pittston in 1969 and was funded by a number of local Italian American groups. It was rebuilt and rededicated last year after it was damaged during a vehicle accident.

“We are so proud of our Italian American ancestors that have lived in Pittston for many generations, and we’re thankful to celebrate this day with the organizations that keep our heritage and traditions so strong” said Sarah Donahue, Special Events Coordinator.

The event is sponsored by the Italian American Association of Luzerne County, the Knights of Columbus, and the Pittston Festival Association.

The statue finally rests on its base freely. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
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