The Stamford community gathered downtown Sunday for the city’s annual Columbus Day Parade and celebration. Hundreds came together in Columbus Park to celebrate their Italian heritage.
“Here, there’s a few times you see Italians come out and really get excited about their heritage, and I think that’s the greatest thing about this day,” says Michael Battinelli, parade chairman.
This year’s Grand Marshal was Luciano Sclafani Jr., owner of the Sclafani Italian food importing business.
“Lucian Sclafani was a fixture in Stamford, the Sclafani business, for years,” says Battinelli.
“It’s very humbling and I’m very proud,” says Sclafani.
Scalfani’s grandfather started the business in Stamford over a century ago after coming over from Italy.
“One hundred and two years later we’re here; myself, my three brothers, third generation. Now we’ve brought in a fourth generation; I’ve got a brother with three of his sons in there,” says Sclafani. “The Italians have played a prominent role in shaping Stamford and what it is today and I’m very proud to be part of that.”