NEW YORK, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- General Peter Pace, Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, will serve as Grand Marshal of the 2006 Columbus Day
Parade in New York City, announced Louis Tallarini, President of the
Columbus Citizens Foundation.
General Pace will join members of the U.S. Marine Corps Band and 35,000
entertainers, dignitaries and civil servants for the largest celebration of
Italian-American culture and heritage in the world. Music groups, flag
dancers, marching bands and colorful floats will showcase Italian and
Italian American tradition and innovation on the walk up Fifth Avenue. This
year's parade will also feature major contingents from the Italian regions
of Lombardy and Campania, which will present exhibitions in Vanderbilt
Hall, Grand Central Terminal during the week before the parade.
To be held on October 9, the parade kicks off at 11:45 A.M. at 44th
Street and Fifth Avenue and is broadcast live on NBC affiliates and by RAI
"We are thrilled that General Pace will be Grand Marshal of this year's
parade," said Mr. Tallarini. "General Pace is a great leader and a great
Italian American who has risen to prominence by dedicating his career to
the service of our country. We could not be prouder of his achievements or
of his commitment to the United States and its Italian American community."
"It is a distinct honor and pleasure for me to serve as the Grand
Marshal of the Columbus Day parade in New York City. Columbus Day honors
more than an Italian admiral who sailed west to discover a New World -- it
honors the spirit that ventured into unknown waters in pursuit of a better
tomorrow. I am especially honored to represent the 2.4 million incredible
young men and women in uniform who serve this nation every day with that
"My dad was born in Italy in 1914. He came here to New York, became an
electrician, worked very hard all of his life so that he and my mom could
raise four children. There is no other nation on the planet that would
allow an immigrant's son to be the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
I'm very proud of my Italian heritage, and proud of this great country that
offers opportunity for all."
General Pace, 59, has held command at virtually every level of the
military, and in September 2005 was named Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, becoming the first Marine to hold the position. His father is from
the Province of Noci in the Region of Puglia in southeast Italy. General
Pace and his wife of 35 years, Lynn, have two children. The word "pace" in
Italian means peace.
General Pace's bio may be found at
The Parade is organized by the Columbus Citizens Foundation, a
non-profit organization in New York City committed to fostering an
appreciation of Italian-American heritage and achievement. The Foundation,
through a broad range of philanthropic and cultural activities, provides
opportunities for advancement to deserving students through various
scholarship and grant programs. During the 2006-2007 academic year, the
Foundation is supporting the education of 749 students. For more
information, visit http://www.columbuscitizensfd.org.
Press contacts: Andrew Decker
Giuliana Ridolfi Cardillo
Italian Cultural Institute
T 212.879.4242 x 324
SOURCE Columbus Citizens Foundation