2016 Year in Review: Zezzas take the lead at Pepper Fest once again
This year’s Pepper Fest saw some familiar faces take the lead in the annual parade.
The grand marshals were part of one of North Hudson's first families — the Zezzas. The plan was to have Jack and Bobby Zezza, along with their aunt, Barb Zezza Smrdel, serve as the parade leaders. Unfortunately, both Bobby and Barb died just recently. But Jack and Bobby's grandson, Dan Zezza, was there to represent.
Mayor “Dago” Dan Zezza led the Pepper Fest parade in 1955. Accompanying him in the convertible provided by Ray Casanova were his three grandchildren, as the aka “3 Little Peppers” — Denise, Jack and Bobby. Zezza was the mayor for North Hudson for 25 years and was instrumental in the establishment of Pepper Fest as an annual event and fundraiser.
A photo from the Star Observer archive documented the event. The little peppers recreated the photo this past winter. Driving was Mayor Zezza’s great-grandson and namesake, another Dan Zezza. He is a regional manager for Corporate Management Group in the Twin Cities.