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Photo by Friends of Historic New Utrecht

The flag raising at the end of the 23rd annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade on the grounds of New Utrecht Reformed Church.

The 23rd annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade turned 18th Avenue (Cristoforo Columbo Boulevard) into Little Italy on Saturday, ending with both the American and Italian flags raised atop New Utrecht Reformed Church's 106-foot Liberty Pole.

Three Grand Marshals were honored at Saturday's parade. They were Rev. Msgr. David L. Cassato, Pastor of St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church, Veronica Santilli, affiliated with Maimonides Hospital and Emanuele Alaimo, entrepreneur.

The elected leaders besides Borough President Marty Markowitz who marched were City Councilmen Vincent Gentile, Dominic Recchia and David Yassky, Assemblyman Peter Abbate and State Senator Marty Golden. Former Justice and Assemblyman Frank Barbaro, a candidate for Congress in the 13th District, also appeared at the parade.

The parade featured at least three renditions of the Star Spangled Banner and at least two renditions of the Italian national anthem.

The parade ended with the raising of the American flag (to the playing of the Star Spangled Banner) and the raising and lowering of the Italian flag (to the playing of the Italian national anthem).

The closing ceremonies ended with Arielle Tramopano singing "God Bless America."

A private reception, sponsored by Villabate, followed afterwards in the Parish House.

Photo by Friends of Historic New Utrecht

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz waves Italian flag at the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade.

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