Old Times Remembered On Columbus Day

CHICAGO (WBBM) – Chicago’s Italian Americans celebrated Columbus Day with a parade up Columbus Drive.

WBBM caught up with one of “the boys” from the old neighborhood.

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Wearing the colors and the sash of the Old Neighborhood Italian American Club was Rosario Bruno Valenti.

“Most of the boys are from the old neighborhood, and we created a club.”

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“Please. I’m still a boy. I’m 72 years old. I still haven’t grown up.”

The old neighborhood is an area between Chinatown and U.S. Cellular Field.

And Valenti remembers the old days at his grandmother’s home.

“We’d all go to Mass on Sunday and then spend the rest of the afternoon by nana. And there was no air conditioning and we were all happy and healthy.”

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“We’re all Americanized now, but I do my best to keep us together.”

Rosario Bruno Valenti, one of the boys from the old neighborhood.

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