Eastchester Announces Columbus Day Festival Plans

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From left, Richard Forliano, Diane Luisi and Will Humphreys received awards from the Eastchester Columbus Day Committee.
From left, Richard Forliano, Diane Luisi and Will Humphreys received awards from the Eastchester Columbus Day Committee. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – The Eastchester Columbus Day Committee announced the schedule of events for this weekend’s holiday celebration Tuesday night, and presented three prominent residents who will be honored at Sunday's parade.

Festivities will begin Friday, when the Columbus Day Carnival opens at 6 p.m. There will be giveaways and a DJ playing music for the opening night dance party at Lake Isle Country Club. On Saturday, the carnival will be open from 1 to 11 p.m., and there will be live Italian music by The Next Step starting at 6 p.m, followed by a wine and meatball contest at 6:30 p.m. 

The carnival will again be open from 1 to 11 p.m. on Sunday. The parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church parking lot, and will travel up Main Street and through Route 22, ending on the grounds of Lake Isle. The day will conclude with a fireworks display at 9 p.m. The carnival will draw to a close on Monday, running from 1 to 6 p.m.

“Each year the parade and festival grows larger and larger,” Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita said. “We have several very special events this year and we hope all of our residents and neighbors will join us.”

Richard Forliano, who has been a teacher in the Eastchester School District for nearly four decades and has served as the town’s historian since 1988, will lead the procession as the parade’s Grand Marshal. Forliano was an original board member of the Eastchester Youth Council and has published a book illustrated by children in the town. 

Colavita declared that Oct. 7 will be Forliano’s day in Eastchester.

“[Richard], simply put, is all things Eastchester,” said John Pettinella, vice chairman of the committee. “We’re happy and proud to have him leading this parade.”

Longtime Tuckahoe resident Diane Luisi was the Monsignor Anthony Maltese Humanitarian recipient. She was an active member of the PTA for two decades and raised more than $125,000 to benefit leukemia and lymphoma research through her charity, the Paul Luisi Foundation.

“Diane’s most notable achievement is in the area of community service,” Pettinella said. “She is an individual who demonstrates that charitable spirit to each member of our community.”

Will Humphreys, the manager of Value Drugs, was awarded the David DiRubba Community Service Award. The lifelong Eastchester resident has been working since he was 12 years old, worked his way up and is now a partner in the business.

“I think the hard work of the committee is only surpassed by their wonderful selection of honorees this year,” Colavita said. “You [all] have a history of service in the community and we thank you for what you’ve done.”

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