Members of 34 lodges of the Order Sons of Italy in America, along with high school marching bands, war veterans, Boy Scouts and cheerleaders, will join Sunday in Huntington for the Columbus Day Parade.
"We do it to keep Italian heritage in our culture," said William Trincery of Farmingdale, a lodge member who is chairman of the parade. "Also, to honor Christopher Columbus, the great Italian that he was."
Trincery said he and other lodge members began preparing for the parade more than a year ago, sending out fliers to schools and organizations.
"A lot goes into one day," he said.
Established in 1905, Order Sons of Italy in America raises funds for scholarships and charitable causes. The organization has sponsored the Columbus Day Parade in Huntington since 2005, though it has sponsored parades in other Long Island communities for 27 years, Trincery said.
Officers of the U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Color Guard and Veterans of Foreign Wars will lead the parade, which begins at 12:30 p.m. at Main Street and Park Avenue and will end at the corner of West Main Street and West Neck Road.
The U.S. Marine League and the American Legion will precede the Italian Honor Society, Boy Scouts and marching bands from East Meadow High School, Islip High School, Walt Whitman High School, Deer Park High School and Kings Park High School.