Parade will mark Dean Martin’s 100th birthday

HAPPY BIRTHDAY — Steubenville’s own Dean Martin, left, laughs after former partner Jerry Lewis presented the famed entertainer with a giant cake in honor of his 72nd birthday at Bally’s in Las Vegas June 8, 1989. Martin died at the age of 78 at his Beverly Hills home on Christmas Day 1995.- Associated Press

STEUBENVILLE — Deana Martin will return to her father’s birthplace this year to celebrate her father’s 100th birthday and serve as the grand marshal of the Dean Martin Birthday Parade on June 17.

“The Dean Martin Festival Committee under the direction of Rose Angelica and Deana Martin has prepared a musical extravaganza of events to commemorate the 100th birthday of Steubenville’s native son,” explained Judy Bratten, director of Historic Fort Steuben and the visitor center.

The visitor center is extending an invitation to individuals, organizations and businesses to participate in the parade. Anyone interested in being in the parade can call the center at (740) 283-4935, said Bratten.

The annual Dean Martin Festival will run June 15-18, with scheduled guests to include Deana Martin, Lou Martini Jr., Elvis Jr. and Russ Loniello.

The festival is tentatively set to kick off on June 15 with a Dean Martin Festival Show at 6:30 p.m. at the Berkman Amphitheater followed by a singing contest at the Spot Bar.

A meet-and-greet and silent auction with the Dean Martin Festival Committee is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 16 at the Inn at Franciscan Square.

Dean Martin’s 100 birthday party will kick off at 8 p.m. with music, film clips and an auction at the Spot Bar.

The parade will open events on June 17 followed by a meet-and-greet at the Historic Fort Steuben followed by the Dean Martin 100th birthday show at 4 p.m. at Steubenville High School.

A Dean and Frank show is set for 8 p.m. that day at the Spot Bar.

The birthday weekend will conclude at 9 a.m. June 18 with a Dean Martin family Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church.

Dino Crocetti was the son of Italian immigrants, born on June 7, 1917, and grew up in the city’s South End.

He died on Dec. 25, 1995.

He moved from his initial singing start in Steubenville clubs to a six-decade career as a singer and actor.

Following his death, Steubenville Mayor Domenick Mucci announced the city would honor Martin and established the Dean Martin Committee to organize the annual event.