parades http://ripr.org en Shutdown Keeps RI National Guard From Columbus Day Parades http://ripr.org/post/shutdown-keeps-ri-national-guard-columbus-day-parades <p>The Rhode Island National Guard said it has had to cancel its participation in all of the Columbus Day events. That includes the Columbus Day parade on Federal Hill.</p><p>Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Parente said there are 15 events on the calendar for next month, including some for Veteran&rsquo;s Day. He said if the partial federal shutdown stretches into Veterans Day, the National Guard will do what it can to have a presence.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 18:51:36 +0000 Catherine Welch 23084 at http://ripr.org