Worcester Weekly: Columbus Day Parade + 5 more mid-October things to do

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Sunday, Oct. 9 — 22nd Worcester Columbus Day Parade, noon, Aitchison and Shrewsbury streets to Washington Square  First things first: The most Italian name in the history of Italian names — besides maybe Cristoforo Colombo — Msgr. Rocco Piccolomini, stands out on the roster of prominent city Sunday gravy aficionados who’ve been chosen as honorary grand marshals through the years. Piccolomini, a revered clergyman and educator who died last fall, is joined by luminaries such as John Conte, Ralph Raymond, Karyn Polito and Ray Mariano.

It's his day (Christopher Columbus) ... and Worcester has big plans.

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It’s his day (Christopher Columbus) … and Worcester has big plans.

And this year, it’s school safety chief Rob Pezzella’s turn to lead the procession from one end of Shrewsbury Street to the other, making him the third Pezzella (after A. Thomas and Stephen, doctors both) to be so honored. Be prepared: There will be a quiz somewhere between East Park and VIA.

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Wednesday, Oct. 12 — The Monuments Men of WWII: The Worcester Connection, 4 p.m., Rare Book Room, Goddard Library, Clark University, 950 Main St.  Not everything begins and ends with George Clooney, as it turns out. Maybe the mega-star’s 2014 film, “The Monuments Men,” brought back into mainstream consciousness the heroics of this unlikely military unit, but you wouldn’t be wrong to trace a major hunk of its origin story back to the City of Seven Hills. When priceless artifacts and other items of cultural significance began being pilfered, a pair of Worcester-based art experts found themselves enlisted among the bunch that would retrieve tens of thousands of treasures from across Europe.

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