Federal Hill celebrates Columbus Day

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It's been well over 500 years since Christopher Columbus stumbled onto the North American continent but his spirit was alive and well Sunday at the Columbus Day Parade in Providence.

It was a perfect day for a parade - and apparently for campaigning. Leading the parade was a retinue of politicians, including gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio, congressional candidate David Cicilline and Congressman Jim Langevin.

Appreciative bystanders applauded and cheered as floats, bands and veterans in vintage cars passed by. For many, like Gina Merola of Cranston, attending the parade is a tradition.

"We're regulars here," Merola say. "Five or six years at least. Years ago I used to come all the time but we took a break and now we come every year."

You don't have to be Italian to march in the Columbus Day parade. There were groups representing Portuguese and Irish Americans as well.

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