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File #: 140733    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 9/25/2014 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 9/25/2014
Title: Designating the week of Monday, October 6 through Monday, October 13, 2014 as "Christopher Columbus/Italian American Heritage Week" in the City of Philadelphia. This is done in celebration of the festivities commemorating Columbus' historic voyage to the New World and honoring Chazz Palminteri as Grand Marshall of the 2014 Philadelphia Columbus Day Parade.
Sponsors: Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Kenney, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Goode, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Neilson, Councilmember O'Brien, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Henon, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Blackwell
Attachments: 1. Signature14073300.pdf
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Designating the week of Monday, October 6 through Monday, October 13, 2014 as "Christopher Columbus/Italian American Heritage Week" in the City of Philadelphia. This is done in celebration of the festivities commemorating Columbus' historic voyage to the New World and honoring Chazz Palminteri as Grand Marshall of the 2014 Philadelphia Columbus Day Parade.

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WHEREAS, Five hundred and twenty-two years ago, a courageous Italian visionary set out on what would become one of the most momentous journeys in the annals of history. Christopher Columbus and the maps he charted to the "New World" were guiding lights to every ship that came to America; and

WHEREAS, The annual Philadelphia Columbus Day Parade began in South Philadelphia in 1957, and has since become one of the City's premier ethnic celebrations. On October 12, 2014, the 1492 Society will host the annual parade. In addition to the active participation of the Delaware Valley's Italian American community, the Philadelphia Columbus Day Parade tradition includes the world famous Philadelphia Mummers string bands, outstanding high school and elementary school marching bands and many other marching groups representing the various ethnic traditions of our great City. The Parade seeks to foster a spirit of multi-culturalism and respect for people of all ethnic backgrounds; and

WHEREAS, Grand Marshall, Chazz Palminteri born Calogero Lorenzo Palminteri to Lorenzo and Rose Palminteri, in the Belmont section of the Bronx in New York City on May 15, 1952, a neighborhood that would become the backdrop for the future one man show, play and movie A Bronx Tale; and

WHEREAS, After graduating from high school and studying at the Actor's Studio Chazz tried to make it in the New York theatre scene with limited success so he set off for Los Angeles to try to ply his trade on the west coast where he landed several guest spots on popular television shows but nothing permanent. With no permanent acting j...

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