Since 1947, the Columbus Day Parade his drawn attention to the contributions of Italian-Americans in the United States and southeastern New England.
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2017 Grand Marshal Billy Gilman, Entertainer
William Wendell Gilman III (born May 24, 1988), known as Billy Gilman, is an American singer. Starting as a young country artist, he is known for his debut single “One Voice”, a top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and a top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2000. He has released five albums, including three for Epic Nashville. In 2016, Gilman auditioned for season 11 of the US edition of The Voice and competed as part of Team Adam Levine, finishing as runner-up for the season.
Gilman was born on May 24, 1988, in Westerly, Rhode Island. He was raised in Hope Valley, Rhode Island, in the town of Richmond. He is the son of Frances “Fran” (Woodmansee) and William Wendell “Bill” Gilman, Jr., who works in maintenance. Gilman began singing before he was in school, and gave his first public performance at the age of seven. At the age of nine, Gilman was discovered by Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, who helped him record demos. Gilman was then signed to Epic Records Nashville in 2000.
2016 Grand Marshal Lisa Konicki, Westerly-Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce
2014 Grand Marshal Ken Burton, Sr. of the American Flag Fund Committee
2013 Grand Marshal Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, VA
2012 Grand Marshals Douglas A. Rayner & Eugenia Rayner
2011 Grand Marshal The Westerly Band
2010 Grand Marshal Pasquale L. “Patsy” Castagna
2009 Grand Marshals Joe & Betty Cugini
2008 Grand Marshal Roberta Mudge Humble
2007 Grand Marshal Stonington Chief of Police David P. Erskine
2005 Grand Marshal RI Senator Dennis Algiere
2004 Grand Marshal Frank Terranova
2003 Grand Marshal Major General Reginald Centracchio
2002 Grand Marshals Nick, Ron and Pete Cardi, Ni-Ro-Pe!
2001 Grand Marshal Channel 10’s Frank Coletta.
2000 Grand Marshal Dr. Robert Ballard
1999 Grand Marshals State Senators Frank & Jane Gencarelli
1998 Grand Marshal Eva Franchi
1997 Grand Marshal Mayor Vincent A. Cianci
1996 Grand Marshal Catherine Coleman
1995 Grand Marshal Joseph Potter
1994 Grand Marshal Judge Trumpetto
1993 Grand Marshal Salty Brine
1992 Grand Marshal George Grande
1991 Grand Marshal Henry Nardone