Rain Didn’t Dampen 2012 Columbus Day Festivities In So. Philly

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PARADE Marshal Mark Rago, Italian singer Alma Manera, Judge Annette Rizzo, Deputy Mayor of Rome Marco Siclari and Italian Consul General Luigi Scotto line up at Columbus Day Parade on Sunday. Photo by Maria Merlino

IN PARADE line were Vince Giusini, Esq., Judge Angelo Foglietta, candidate for Attorney General Kathleen Kane, Judge Anthony DeFino and Judge Annette Rizzo. Photo by Joe Stivala

WELCOMING Italian dignitary Marco Siglar, Deputy Mayor of Rome, Italy, right, were Hon. Amato Berardi, member of Italian Parliament, and Mark Rago, Parade director. Photo by Joe Stivala

REAL-ESTATE tax expert Mike Piper, center, demonstrated his musical prowess parading with his Dixieland Combo, as he has for past 17 years. Photo by Joe Stivala

CARPENTERS LOCAL 1050 members saluted all Italian Americans and those who were Italian for a day. Photo by Joe Stivala

COUNCIL ON PARADE for Columbus Day were Honorary Marshal Councilman Mark Squilla and wife Bridgid, and Councilmen David Oh and Kenyatta Johnson.
Photo by Joe Stivala

PARADE Marshal Mark Rago, left, chats with long-time Columbus Parade marchers Marziale Mizecchi and Anna Ricariello as they set off to join marchers.

BUSY with details of Parade organization were behind-the-scenes ladies Jody DellaBarba and Marie Berens, of Councilman Squilla’s staff.

FUTURE election campaigns were discussed in interim as Pete Ciarrocchi chatted with possible Republican Controller primary candidate Terry Tracy as John Katrina looks on.

SHARING A MOMENT with Congressman Bob Brady, center, were Jody DellaBarba, Columbus Day Honorary chairperson Councilman Mark Squilla, Dr. Pasquale Colavito, Brady, Joseph Cascerceri, and Roberta and Rhamarie Acchione.

“ALL SYSTEMS go” was word given Councilman Mark Squilla and Congressman Bob Brady by Mark Rago.

FORMER City Council President Anna Verna gives her Columbus Day overseer successor thumbs up for good job.

WELCOMING Jerry Blavat and Frankie Valli to 2012 Columbus Day Parade and festivities were Dedan Egnater and Pete Ciarrocchi.

PARADE coordinators were 1st Ward Democrat Treasurer Steve Lauer and Jodi Della Barba. Photo by Joe Stivala

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