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Language Professor Selected as Columbus Day Parade Grand Marshal

Dr. Carla Lucente, professor of modern languages at Duquesne University and director of the University’s Center for International Relations, has been selected as grand marshal for the city’s annual Columbus Day Parade.

Lucente is the first sole woman to be chosen as grand marshal in the parade’s 24-year history; in the early 1990s, a group of six women were chosen for this honor.

While Lucente was selected by parade organizers for her kindness and willingness to help others, she also serves the Pittsburgh area as the Italian honorary consul.

The parade will begin on Liberty Avenue at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11.

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