Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Forget Football.Parade Is a Winner for Italians! ; Streaker Arrested - but That Doesn't Spoil Day as Madonna Procession Lights Up the City

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Forget Football.Parade Is a Winner for Italians! ; Streaker Arrested - but That Doesn't Spoil Day as Madonna Procession Lights Up the City

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A STREAKER and the exit from the European Championships of the Azzurri did not stop the annual Italian procession from being a magnificent success.

More than 1,000 people took part in the Madonna del Rosario march.

This year, for the first time, the organisers had to pay Manchester council Pounds 3,300 for the privilege of walking through Manchester's streets.

The charge, by the council, was for closing off roads and putting up signs.

The event moved off from Little Italy - the district of Ancoats famous for its influx of Italian immigrants in the later 1800s.

It started at the former St Michael's church in George Leigh Street, which is now managed by the Halle Orchestra for rehearsals and small events.

Champion boxer Anthony Crolla and the Bishop of Salford, John Arnold, were among the marchers who walked to Albert Square and back. …

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