Columbus Day parade to take place on Sunday

October 08, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Baltimore's 114-year-old Columbus Day parade steps off Sunday with comedian and Frank Sinatra impersonator Joe Piscopo leading the way as grand marshal.

The parade will begin at 1 p.m. at the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon and will end about two hours later at the Columbus Monument at President Street and Eastern Avenue.

Parking restrictions will be in effect along the route of the parade, which will proceed south on Charles Street, east on Pratt Street, and south on President Street.

Along with the usual high school bands, antique cars and clowns, the parade will feature something new this year: a mobile bocce game, to be played on a flatbed truck.

Throughout the day, there will be a festival along President Street and Eastern Avenue, with a bocce tournament, grape stomping, cooking contests, and a wine and beer garden.

Piscopo will perform his stand-up and Sinatra routines at 7 p.m. under a tent at Baltimore International College, at Pratt Street and Central Avenue.

Tickets - $50, or $100 with a preconcert dinner and VIP seating - are available through Ticketmaster and at www.columbuscelebrations.com.

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