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#ItalianFlagsEverywhere Flag & Window Cling Give Away

Let your Italian Pride FLY! Le Donne d’Italia and the San Francisco Italian Heritage Festival want to see #ItalianFlagsEverywhere to celebrate Italian Heritage in October. Visit one of the participating retailers or restaurants below starting Thursday, October 8th, for FREE Italian flags and window clings. Available until they run out!

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San Francisco Italian Heritage Festival & Parade Moves to Social Distanced and Virtual Events

San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade and Festival Moves to Social Distanced and Virtual Events New series of events to mark October Italian Heritage Month Can’t travel to Italy this year? Come get the next best thing in North Beach! Show your Italian pride with our new Instagram filter Monday, September 21st, 2020 — The San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade and Festival is excited to announce a new series of social distanced and virtual events celebrating Italian Heritage Month. This year’s celebration will be different, but there will still be many opportunities for the Italian-American community and those who celebrate Italian culture to do so in new ways. Italian Heritage Parade and Festival Events Schedule Friday, October 9th – Washington Square Lighting and Italian Heritage Weekend Kickoff – the kickoff to Italian Heritage Parade and Festival Weekend as well as Italian Heritage Month. We will raise the Italian flag honoring contributions of Italian Americans to San Francisco, countdown to light up the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club and St. Peter and Paul’s Church and Washington Square park in the red, white and green of the Italian flag. Live accordion music will be played at street level. A full outdoor bar and […]

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Support North Beach Restaurants and Businesses

Small businesses are at the heart of our community and they need our help. While we encourage you to practice social distancing, the following North Beach businesses are open for takeout, delivery, and other essential goods. We will continue to update this post so stay tuned! New additions updated as of September 22, 2020. Please click on the restaurant name to be re-directed to their site to see menus and hours of operation. The Buena Vista is still serving their famous Irish Coffee to go as well! For a list of Italian restaurants throughout the Bay Area that are still offering take-out and delivery, please visit the running list on the Italian Consulate Instagram page. Order takeout or delivery. Support our local businesses. If you can, please also support employee relief efforts for Firenze by Night restaurant and the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club. The North Beach Virtual Tip Jar gives you the opportunity to send a tip to your servers, bartenders, and barbacks at participating North Beach restaurants! These are challenging times for the community, but we will get through this together just as we have done in the past. Tutto andrá bene / All will go well

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Updates from the Italian-American community in the Bay Area

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the world, we have a heightened awareness of its impact on our community. While we were looking forward to connecting with the community at upcoming events like the Golden State Warriors Italian Heritage Night later this month, it is unfortunately no longer possible to do so. That being said, now is more important than ever for us to take care of each other and our community. Our hearts also go out to our brothers and sisters in Italy who continue to battle COVID-19. If you are able to, we suggest that you donate to various Italian relief efforts on GoFundMe. We also want to say loud and clear: North Beach is open for business. Small businesses are at the heart of our community and they need our help. While we encourage you to practice social distancing and understand you may not be able to visit a cafe, restaurant or other businesses at this time, there are still ways you can help. Buy a gift card. Order takeout or delivery. Pick-up your groceries and essentials from local businesses. These are challenging times for the community, but we will get through this together just […]

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Fernet Branca Sponsoring the 151st San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade!

The nation’s longest continuously running Italian Heritage Parade takes to the streets of San Francisco on Sunday, October 13, 2019 SAN FRANCISCO, October 8, 2019 — We are thrilled to announce Fernet Branca USA and Fratelli Branca Distillerie are once again sponsoring the San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade on October 13. Their presence will be seen in the parade again and six local establishments or “Pit Stops” are once again featured along the parade route for you to enjoy a Fernet, one of the most popular drinks in North Beach! The 151st anniversary of the San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade will take place this October 13, 2019, to coincide with Italian Heritage month. Started in 1869, the parade is one of the oldest celebrating Italian culture and the contributions of both native Italians and Italian-Americans to America and the Bay Area. The parade will start at 12:30 PM on Sunday, October 13, 2019, in Fisherman’s Wharf as tradition dictates, and proceed down Columbus Avenue, ending at Washington Square Park. The Italian Heritage Parade is a fun-filled parade that gets better every year. Marchers and onlookers represent the diversity of the Bay Area and include not only dozens of local Italian […]

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San Francisco Board of Supervisors Names October Italian Heritage Month

We have exciting news as we gear up for the 151st San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade this Sunday, October 13th. The Board of Supervisors just unanimously approved Supervisor Catherine Stefani’s resolution recognizing October as Italian American Heritage Month. Please join us at City Hall this Friday, October 11th, to celebrate. RSVP here: https://www.supervisorstefani.com/italian_american_heritage_party Grazie mille, Supervisor Stefani. We are proud that San Francisco has  joined the Cities of Los Angeles, Boston and many others in declaring October Italian American Heritage Month. See you Sunday in North Beach!  

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Former San Francisco Fire Department Chief Joanne Hayes-White and San Francisco Giants Pitcher Dave Dravecky Named Grand Marshals of the 151st San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media relations contact: Joe Ciarallo joe.ciarallo@gmail.com The nation’s longest continuously running Italian Heritage Parade takes to the streets of San Francisco on Sunday, October 13, 2019 San Francisco: The San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade is proud to announce that former San Francisco Fire Department Chief Joanne Hayes-White and San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky will serve as 2019 parade Grand Marshals. Hayes-White was sworn in as Chief of the San Francisco Fire Department – the largest urban fire Department in the world with a female Chief – by then Mayor Gavin Newsom, now Governor of California. Dravecky, of Italian descent, played for nine seasons in Major League Baseball, and was named an All-Star in 1983. After his career ended early due to cancer, he recovered from arm surgery and went on to begin a new career as a motivational speaker. The 151st annual San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade will take to the streets of San Francisco on Sunday, October 13, 2019. The parade begins at 12:30 pm at the foot of Jefferson and Stockton Streets in Fisherman’s Wharf and ends in Washington Square in front of Sts. Peter and Paul Church. The parade will feature Italian and […]

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Queen Isabella and Her Court Named for the 151st San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade!

The nation’s longest continuously running Italian Heritage Parade takes to the streets of San Francisco on Sunday, October 13, 2019 The San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade announces Queen Isabella and her Court for the upcoming parade on October 13, 2019, in San Francisco. Gina Guglielmoni has been named Queen Isabella for the San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade. Her family roots go back to Genoa, Fusio, and Calabria. Gina is a Bay area native and has been involved in the parade and the court since 2005. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Kinesiology at San Jose State. The 2019 Queen Isabella and her Royal Court Queen Isabella – Gina Guglielmoni Princess – Filomina Reilly First Duchess – Christina Pallore Second Duchess – Grace Cardenas Third Duchess – Brianna Wraa First Contessa – Katherine Tracy Second Contessa – Kyleigh Uroz First Lady in Waiting – Gabriella Raouf Second Lady in Waiting – Adriana Calgaro Maiden – Nina Rivera Scroll Bearer – Enzo Solari Crown Bearer – Zita Solari Crown Bearer – Lillana Pellegrini Inglin Retiring Queen Isabella – Mia Toracca The San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade is the longest continuously running Italian Heritage Parade in the United States and celebrates the […]

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Announcing the 151st Annual San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade on October 13, 2019

San Francisco, CA – The 151st anniversary of the San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade will take place this October 13, 2019, to coincide with Italian Heritage month. Started in 1869, the parade is one of the oldest celebrating Italian culture and the contributions of both native Italians and Italian-Americans to America and the Bay Area. The parade will start at 12:30 PM on Sunday, October 13, 2019, in Fisherman’s Wharf as tradition dictates, and proceed down Columbus Avenue, ending at Washington Square Park. The Italian Heritage Parade is a fun-filled parade that gets better every year. Marchers and onlookers represent the diversity of the Bay Area and include not only dozens of local Italian organizations and clubs but also local elected officials, local businesses and performers including numerous local marching bands, performing groups and civic organizations. The parade has become a marquee event during the last day of the annual Fleet Week event honoring the United States Armed Forces. Grand Marshals and other special guests will be announced soon. Please join us on October 13, 2019, in North Beach, San Francisco to celebrate our Italian culture in the Bay Area. For additional information, visit: www.SFItalianHeritage.org, or follow: @SFItlHeritage on Twitter […]

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Applications for the 2019 Queen Isabella and her Royal Court are Online!

SAN FRANCISCO, October 30, 2018 — Applications are now up for the 2019 Queen Isabella and her Royal Court. Learn more about Queen Isabella and the Court on our website and apply online: https://sfitalianheritage.org/queen-court/ About the San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade The San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade is the longest continuously running Italian Heritage Parade in the United States and celebrates the accomplishments and culture of all Italian-Americans in the Bay Area. While thousands of Italians and Italian-Americans attend and participate, the parade welcomes all. Marchers and onlookers represent the diversity of the Bay Area and include not only dozens of local Italian organizations and clubs, but also local elected officials, local businesses: Bank of America, Ghilotti Construction Company, UPS, Cole Hardware, Peroni, Metro Electric and Fernet and Scavengers Construction and performers including numerous local high school and community bands, and many more. The inaugural parade took place in 1869 in San Francisco’s downtown, featuring the bands and marching units of Italian fraternal organizations, including the Garibaldi Guard, Swiss Guards, and Lafayette Guards. Throughout the years, it has remained a sign of the vitality of the Italian communities in the Bay Area. For additional information, visit: www.SFItalianHeritage.org, or follow: @SFItlHeritage […]

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