We have two activities coming up for PRIMO in celebration of Italian American Heritage Month. 

1.) We will have a brand-new edition of PRIMO coming out in October! 

2.) We will once again host PRIMO’s 30-day salute to Italian horror cinema in October.

For the past five years, we have combined the Halloween theme with Italian heritage in October. I have a book published titled “Italian Horror Cinema: The Most Influential Horror Films from Italy.” Every day we post an item from the book on our website to espouse the connection between Italy and horror films and the genres of dark fiction, macabre, Gothic, etc…

Many young adults enjoy horror films; especially those that are out of the mainstream. This theme has helped to inspire young people, who are ambivalent about their heritage. For instance, in addition to articles on Italian horror films, we also cover Dante’s “Inferno” and detail many Renaissance paintings to depict various macabre scenes of religious significance. We link our articles to many, many different social media groups to really inspire them. I was hoping to organize a short film festival this year of Italian horror films in Washington, D.C.; but Covid-19 has delayed its fruition. 

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Our Sons and Daughters of Italy Lodge will be celebrating Italian American Heritage Month on October 24 with our annual pasta dinner at Giuseppe Italian Restaurant, Ambler PA. 2:00 p.m. $20 per person. All are invited. Contact Donna DePaul at 267-577-8139. 

UNICO Delaware

UNICO Delaware will hold a meeting on Oct. 21, 2021 at Saint Edmond Church Hall, Rehoboth Beach, DE at 6:00 p.m. featuring the video “Courage and Conviction: The True Story of Christopher Columbus” followed by a discussion and Q&A.

Italian American Alliance

Friday, October 1st at 12 Noon

Italian Flag Raising at Boston City Hall Plaza 

Planned by the Frattaroli Family & Italian Organization leaders 

Public Invited to Attend – FREE

Saturday, October 2nd, 10am to 6:00 pm

Italian American Cultural Festival

Marshfield Fair Ground (Route 3A) 

Organized by Michael Del Greco

For more information contact

Monday, October 4th at 6pm 

Italian Heritage Month kickoff sponsored by 

Consul General Federica Sereni and the 

Italian Heritage Month Committee, Richard Vita, President.   

At the Dante Alighieri Cultural Center, Angelo Firenze, President

41 Hampshire Street, Cambridge 

Awards, refreshments and musical performance 

Public Invited to Attend – FREE

Saturday, October 9th at 6pm

I Migliori Awards Dinner (RSVP required) at Spinelli’s, Lynnfield

Pirandello Lyceum – Domenic G. Amara, Ph.D. President

Featured Speaker James DeStefano, President Italian American Alliance

For more information contact Dorothy Maio at 781-245-6536

Or Maria Capogreco at 617-567-1233

Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 11:00 AM

Italian Heritage Celebration

North End Columbus Day Celebration Committee

Louis Strazullo

Paul Revere Mall (aka “The Prado”)

Guest of Honor: James Luisi and NEW Health Staff

2021 Michael A Nazzaro Jr. Award

Monday, October 11th at 9:30am 

Columbus Day Breakfast 

Dante Alighieri Cultural Center, Angelo Firenze, President

41 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA  

Event organized by Kevin Cara

Featured Speaker: Mary Graber

Public Invited to Attend – FREE

Monday, October 11 at 2:00 P.M.

Wreath Laying Commemorative Ceremony

Columbus Day at Christopher Columbus Park

110 Atlantic Avenue

North End, Boston, MA 

James DiStefano, President, IAA

The Italian American Alliance (IAA) announces a Wreath Laying and Commemorative Ceremony at Christopher Columbus Park, 110 Atlantic Ave, Boston Ma, on Columbus Day, Monday October 11. The ceremony, which will include Columbus educational materials, Italian music and speakers, will take place from 2:00PM to 4:00PM at the spot where the Columbus statue was vandalized.

Please join us for this event. Everyone is invited to show their Italian pride and support for Christopher Columbus! 

The Italian American Alliance is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and rich history of Americans of Italian descent. 

The Italian American One Voice Coalition

October 1 – 4:30 PM East WICC 600 AM … Paul Pacelli Show – Connecticut Today – Listen Live at

October 8 –  10:00 PM East … The Jim Bohannon – Syndicated on hundreds of stations across the US.  Listen live at

October 5:35 PM East … The Simon Conway – WHO Newsradio 1040.  Listen Live at

Come out and celebrate Columbus Day & Italian American Heritage Month

Brick, NJ  Friday, October 8th

Brick UNICO is holding the Annual Flag Raising Ceremony at 10 AM at the Brick Municipal Building on Chambers Bridge Road at 10 AM on Friday 10/8.  IAOVC’s Andre DiMino is guest speaker.  Also speaking is NJ Italian Heritage Commission Chair and IAOVC Board Member Robert DiBiase.  Other dignitaries and the Columbus Essay winner are expected to attend.

East Hanover October 10th

Although there will be no Morris County Columbus Day Parade this year, the East Hanover Italian American Club  will reinforce their commitment to promote Italian pride, heritage and culture by hosting a wreath laying ceremony at the Town square Park on Ridgedale Ave. at the Columbus statue.

The event begins at 11 am on Sunday October 10th. The guest speaker for the event will be Frank Lorenzo, Vice President of IAOVC. That organization defends Italian American civil rights and leads the fight in communities that try to rewrite history by removing Columbus Day from their calendars and those communities that find it politically correct by removing Columbus statues.

Please join us, everyone is welcome to attend

After the ceremony all those in attendance  are invited to the East Hanover Fire Department  for coffee and pastries.

Yes there will be a parade next year! 

Joe DeFillippes


East Hanover Italian-American Club

Nutley/Belleville October 10th

You are cordially invited to the Nutley-Belleville Columbus Day Parade and Italian Heritage Committee, the Belleville Chapter of UNICO, and the Federation of Italian American Societies of New Jersey, Annual Italian

Flag Raising on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 9:00 AM at Belleville Town Hall, Washington Avenue, Belleville, NJ.

Renowned Singer, Jerry Pearce will be performing the National Anthems.

All are invited to participate in celebrating our rich and wonderful Italian Heritage. Refreshments will be served after the event in the Belleville Town Hall.

We will also have a caravan of cars celebrating our heritage following our usual parade route. The cars will lineup at 12:30 PM at the Belleville High School.

Hope you’ll join us . . . Come Celebrate!

October 14 Italian Organizational Mass – ST. Lucy’s 

This is the 122 nd Anniversary of the St. Gerard’s Feast at St. Lucy’s Church.  There will  be an Italian Organizational Mass on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 7:00 PM at St. Lucy’s Church, 118 7th Avenue, Newark, NJ. 

So please join us in celebrating our Italian Heritage, Culture and Traditions by attending this Organizational Mass.  We encourage you to bring your Organizational Banner, which will be displayed and make a donation in Thanksgiving to St. Gerard.

Hope you’ll be able to join us; we look forward to seeing you there!

Clark UNICO will hold their annual Italian-American Feast on Columbus all weekend from Thursday evening Oct 7 through Sunday night Oct 10 adjacent to the Clark Municipal Building at 430 Westfield Ave, Clark NJ.  There will be rides, food stands, wine & beer, and live music on the stage. A Columbus ceremony is also planned on the weekend.

UNICO District X and the commissioners of Union County will sponsor a Columbus Day ceremony and flag raising on Friday afternoon Oct 8 at 1 pm in front of the Union County Courthouse at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth, NJ.

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood UNICO and the Scotch Plains Italian American Club are sponsoring their annual Columbus ceremony at the Village Green adjacent to the municipal building on Park Ave in Scotch Plains NJ on Saturday morning Oct 9 at 10 am.  Music entertainment starts at 9 am by the Metropolitan Italian Strolling Band.

Westfield UNICO and the Italian American Club of Westfield is sponsoring their Columbus ceremony on Sunday morning Oct 10 at 10:00 at the Gazebo in Mindowaskin Park which is adjacent to the Westfield municipal building.  IAOVC’s Andre DiMino is guest speaker.

Plainfields Chapter of UNICO with South Plainfield is sponsoring their Columbus Day ceremony wreath laying and flag raising at 9 am Monday Oct 11 at the South Plainfield Municipal Building at 2480 Plainfield Ave in South Plainfield 

Elizabeth UNICO with the City of Elizabeth is sponsoring their Columbus Day ceremony with participants meeting in front of Sacco’s Meat Market at 806 3rd Ave in Elizabeth, NJ (in the Peterstown section) on Monday Oct 11 at 11:30 am and marching two blocks to the Columbus Statue where there will be a wreath laying and group photo taken of the participants. Afterwards are refreshments.

Palisades Park October 18th

 Italian Flag Raising in commemoration of italian American Heritage Month. This event will be held on Monday, October 18, 2021 at 4:30pm at Borough Hall located at 275 Broad Avenue in Palisades Park. Refreshments will be served and you are urged to attend in IAPSNJ Executive Board shirts & kacki pants, suit or uniform. I have attached the invite for you to share on social media or with contacts. There will be refreshments afterwards.