Yonkers preps for 85th Columbus Day parade

City of Yonkers traffic engineering employee Mike Faia

City of Yonkers traffic engineering employee Mike Faia of Yonkers uses a torch to dry the recently-painted tri-colored line for the 85th Annual Yonkers Columbus Day Parade on Midland Avenue between Mile Square Road and Smart Avenue, where the grandstands will be set up, in Yonkers. The parade takes place Sunday, Sept. 30. (Sept. 26, 2012) (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

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The City of Yonkers is preparing to celebrate its 85th annual Columbus Day Parade on Sunday.

Mayor Mike Spano pitched in to paint red, white and green stripes along the parade route on Midland Avenue today. It marks the fourth time that the parade celebrating Italian heritage will be held along the route.

The grand marshals for this year's parade are Annette and Ronald Volino, who were joined by their granddaughter, Grace, in helping paint the lines. The Volinos are the first couple to ever be named grand marshals of the parade.

The festivities begin Sunday at 2 p.m. at Seminary and Yonkers Avenue.

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