Columbus Day Parade 2008 Goes on Without Tommy Lasorda

Well it’s still there on the 2008 Italian Heritage Parade website:

“We’re pleased to announce, the 2008 Parade Grand Marshal will be Tommy Lasorda!”

But alas, it was not to be. The whole thing is ably explained by North Beach Examiner Tony Long here and here. Perhaps Tommy will be invited back next year?

Now, on with the show. It’s called Columbus Day, or Indigenous People’s Day, or Italian Heritage Day, or Día de la Raza, or Discovery Day or even Día de la Resistencia Indígena. Take your pick.  

Popular San Francisco Supervisor and soon-to-be Assembly Member Tom Ammiano. Click to expand:

Ivy League lawyer / U.C. Berkeley-grad Gerardo Sandoval hot on the campaign to become a judge, despite the hostility displayed by the local Establishment, which feels offended by the very idea of an election. Oh well.

Supervisor Ross “the Boss” Mirkarimi:

Miss San Francisco 2008 Reny Lupo:

Of course, Birra Peroni was nella casa:

As was the Boudin Bakery alligator wrestler. That’s real bread, people.

What’s this? Hundreds of Falun Gong! They looked to be the largest entry in the parade by far.

Hey look, it’s the wholly unrelated New Tang Dynasty Televsion (NTDTV):

O.K., here we are, back to the parade:

So that’s it.

Here’s to you, Tommy Lasorda/ Our county turns it lonely eyes to you…

See you next year?

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2 Responses to “Columbus Day Parade 2008 Goes on Without Tommy Lasorda”

  1. I’d like to propose a new ordinance in San Francisco … politicians can only appear in their local districts’ or applicable ethnicities’ parade(s) and no more than 2 major citywide (think Pride or Chinese New Year) parades each calendar year. The electeds make for some boring “air time” during these parades.

  2. sfcitizen says:

    Perhaps. The Chinese New Year Parade starts early for the pols, who usually never end up getting on TV.

    I never saw the Columbus Day parade until yesterday. It was pretty small. It could have used Tommy or bigger pols or something…