Annual Ocean County Columbus Day Parade Provides Flavor Of Old Italy

Oct 09, 2018 166

BY: Bob Vosseller

It is a tradition of the Ocean County Columbus Day Parade and Italian Festival to showcase entertainment imported from Italy. This year’s 27th annual parade was no exception as two folkloric groups of singers and dancers took to the streets to entertain crowds during the Oct. 5-7 Italian festival and the parade.

This year’s groups included Tatarata who came from Casteltermini, a commune in Agrigento. The 50-member group used swords and drums as part of their performance. Citta’ di Agrigento of Sicilia, Italy performed songs and dancing numbers from traditional Italian culture. They wore traditional garb to show a bit of 18th century Italian history. This marked the first time either group visited Ocean County.

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