Columbus Day parade is Monday in Little Italy

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Parade watchers snap pictures at last year’s Columbus Day parade in Little Italy. (Chuck Crow / The Plain Dealer)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland’s 63rd annual Columbus Day parade will make its traditional way through Little Italy after stepping off at noon Monday at Murray Hill and Cornell roads.

The parade will march north on Murray Hill to Fairview Avenue (East 125th Street), continue north on Fairview, then head west on Mayfield Road past the reviewing stand in front of Holy Rosary Church.

Preceded by a 10 a.m. Mass at Holy Rosary Church, the parade is sponsored by the Italian Sons and Daughters of America and the Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation.

Grand marshal this year is Sandra Pianalto, former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and now chair of the board of directors of University Hospitals. Basil M. Russo is parade chairman.

Little Italy’s restaurants, bakeries and galleries, often closed on Mondays, will be open to accommodate parade-goers.

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