Columbus Day Celebrations Are Back

By Kelly McCarthy

October 8, 2012 Updated Oct 8, 2012 at 6:21 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) This Columbus Day welcomes back an annual event. The Tournament of the Bands and the Italian Festival brightened up downtown Binghamton on Monday.

The sounds that kick off this Columbus Day come with hours of hard work.

"We're like a family pretty much, we spent a lot of hours together so we're really close," said Emily Jachimowicz of Johnson City.

"I come to hear the music and I wish more people would appreciate the bands from the kids at the schools," said Parade Announcer Joe Leombrone.

Bands compete for the first place prize, while kids and families enjoy the music.

After the Parade it's the Italian Festival, and food, that grabs everyone's attention.

"Grilled pizza, try the grilled pizza," said Leombrone.

"It's unique and it's something you don't do at home, so that's why everybody gets a big thrill out of it," said Chuck Bucci from Binghamton's Son of Italy.

The pizza makers say rolling the pizza dough is the easiest part to making grilled pizza, the real trick is the homemade Italian sauce.

"The sauce that you put on it, is what makes it, a secret recipe," said Bucci.

The secret is out and getting lots of attention.

"It was really good, but different from other sauces," said Emily Mackay of Endicott.

"Well whenever you go to an Italian event they're looking for good food," said Bucci.

The Sons of Italy started selling grilled pizza at the Italian festival four years ago.

Their tent has been busier ever since.

Passing along the Italian culture with every dish.

"It's great to see all the Italians, and the people who aren't Italian who get Italian food," said Bucci.

"Other people get to sleep in, we get to do something for the community," said Jachimowicz.

A Holiday event back up and running, but not without a lot of helping hands.

Here's how the marching bands placed in today's competition:

In Class C, Northeast Bradford High School takes first place, and Deposit High School takes second.

In Class B competition, Williamson High School wins first and Whitney Point came in second.

In Class A, Johnson City wins first place and Union-Endicott came in second.