For the Second Year, Riviera Delivers for the Parade

Riviera d’Italia Pizza in Roslyn donates to the Greater Glenside Patriotic Association.


Once again, will help defray the cost of the July 4 parade in Glenside.

For every medium or large pizza Riviera sells in June, the restaurant will donate $1 to the Greater Glenside Patriotic Association.

Owner Brigid Sparacio, who owns the restaurant along with her husband Sal, said last year that GGPA board member Jon Fox approached them about donating to the parade; the restaurant had held a similar fundraiser for the .

“I guess since we did it last year, [Jon Fox] came back this year and asked if we’d be interested,” Brigid Sparacio said with a laugh. 

Last year, Riviera sold 1,500 pizzas in June.

“Last year we had lots of people that came from Glenside and they said, ‘Oh! We saw that you guys are doing this promotion!'"

Being a few days into June, Brigid Sparacio said she hasn’t yet seen an increase of business because of the promotion. However, she said she expects to see a bump in pizza sales over the weekends — and definitely an increase of customers from Glenside.

GGPA President Al Herrmann said that this year’s parade and fireworks display will likely cost between $50,000 and $55,000.

The GGPA doesn’t receive any money directly from Abington or Cheltenham townships, but Herrmann said the municipalities provide police for the event. Herrmann said much of the parade’s funding comes through business donations and mailers, which are sent to Abington residents.

The parade is particularly special for Brigid Sparacio. 

“I grew up in this area,” she said, “and I remember saying the same thing last year — if you live in Abington Township, and you’re not down the shore or up the mountains, the parade is the place to be. The parade is great and long and it draws so many different people. It’s definitely the place to be if you’re in Abington.” 

The 109th annual July 4 parade will start at 4 p.m.; fireworks will start at about 9 p.m., according to Herrmann. For more information on the parade, visit http://www.glensidejuly4thevent.com

Victor B. Krievins June 08, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Sal and Bridget of Riviera Pizza once again the true patriotic Spirit that is very present in Abington! Thank you Riviera Pizza and Jon Fox for getting them involved.
Marc Lombardi June 08, 2012 at 02:11 PM
They've always been great, Sal & Bridget. They've always contributed to the Roslyn Film Festival and Roslyn Pet Fair as well. I love that they give back to the community in ways like this and hope people check them out...and it doesn't hurt that their pizza is pretty good, too!
Victor B. Krievins June 09, 2012 at 02:15 PM
On another note, Riviera Pizza also provides Pizza to the members of the Roslyn Volunteer Fire Company after returning from a fire. Bridget and Sal, you paople are the Best!
Leonard Dykstra June 11, 2012 at 09:38 PM
The best pizza that I have ever had at any price. My family has been loyal to Riviera for 25 years


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