RICHMOND TOWN — A free festival that celebrates Italian-American culture will return to Staten Island in October, Borough President James Oddo announced Wednesday.
“Last year’s event was a resounding success and we hope to build on that success to make this year’s festival even better,” Oddo said in a statement.
“Our goal is to provide Staten Islanders with a celebration of the contributions made by those of Italian descent. The event will be informative, educational and a whole lot of fun.”
Oddo said the event will include a mini-parade.
The day after the festival, Historic Richmond Town will offer free lectures about Italian history, Oddo said.
Last year, Oddo replaced the Columbus Day Parade on New Dorp Lane with "Rome Through Richmond Town," which he said offered a fuller overview of Italian heritage than the parade.
The event was headlined by Saturday Night Live alum Joe Piscopo. This year's headliner will be announced closer to the event, Oddo said.
The free "Rome Through Richmond Town" will be on Oct. 10 from noon to 5 p.m. at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave.