Nominations are currently being accepted for Grand Marshal of the 27th annual Ocean County Columbus Day Parade and Italian Festival, which will be held in Seaside Heights October 5-7.

Grand Chairman of the Ocean County Columbus Day Parade Committee, Michael Blandina who has also served as Grand Marshal in the past, says they're looking for nominees who are "community oriented and of good morale character."

"Every nomination submitted will be carefully considered by the Selection Committee," says Blandina, "The person chosen to be Grand Marshal will be announced the second week in April and will be honored at the annual dinner dance June 14."

"This selection process has always been very difficult because there are always a number of deserving nominees," Chairwoman of the Grand Marshal Search Committee Phyllis Shindle said. "The selection committee will work diligently to choose the right person to serve as Grand Marshal for this years Parade and Italian Festival and one that will represent the Parade Committee and Ocean County in an admirable manner."

All nominations are due by April 1 and must be submitted with a letter of recommendation and biography or resume.

They can be sent to:

Ocean County Columbus Day Parade Committee
c/o Michael Blandina
249 Hawaii Drive
Brick, NJ 08723

Contact Michael Blandina at 732-477-6507 with any questions.

The committee is also hosting an upcoming fundraising event and you can be a part of it too! Check out the flyer below for all the information!

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