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No Worcester Columbus Day parade for first time in century

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — New England's second-largest city won't be hosting a Columbus Day parade this year for the first time in more than a century.

The Telegram & Gazette reports the committee that organized the Worcester parade was dissolved in December. Columbus Day is Monday.

The committee chairwoman, Judy Verdini, told the newspaper that the same people had been running the parade for the past 25 years and no one else stepped up. She did not give a specific reason for the committee disbanding.

A new committee has been formed and plans a bigger and better parade in 2020.

The number of parade participants and onlookers had dwindled in recent years.

The city's first Columbus Day parade was held in 1910 as a Catholic celebration and was organized by the Knights of Columbus.




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