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San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade Celebrates Its 150th Anniversary

More than 53,000 attended nation’s longest running annual Italian-American Heritage Parade San Francisco City Hall was lit in Red, White, and Green In Honor of 150 Years of Italian-American Civic and Commercial Contributions to San Francisco Carmen Policy, Peter Pace and Thomas “Tippy” Mazzucco Led the Parade as Grand Marshals Festivities Kicked-Off October Italian Heritage Month; Mayor London Breed Marched in Parade SAN FRANCISCO, October 10, 2018 — The San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade celebrated its 150th Anniversary on Sunday, October 7, 2018. More than 53,000 people attended the longest running annual Italian Heritage Parade in the United States, celebrating the accomplishments and culture of all Italian-Americans and welcoming all. More than 100 groups marched in the parade, including business, government, arts and civic organizations from Italy, the Bay Area and across California. The parade board of directors would like to thank all who marched in the parade, as well as our sponsors for their continued support. View 2018 parade photos here: https://sfitalianheritage.org/photos/ This year, the parade coincided with San Francisco Fleet Week and for the first time with the newly announced Italian Heritage Day holiday, which is celebrated on the second Monday in October. For the sesquicentennial anniversary, the […]

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Fernet – Branca Sponsoring the 150th San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 19, 2018 — Fernet – Branca and the Fratelli Branca Distillerie have agreed to sponsor the parade to celebrate our 150th parade. Along with the presence of a Fernet Branca float in the parade, check out the “Fernet Pit Stops” near and along the parade route to visit before, during or after the parade to celebrate with a Fernet and toast to the vision of their founder: …to bring to the whole world the excellence, the passion and the beauty of doing things the Italian way, in full respect of human being and the environment. – Brenardino Branca The 150th annual San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade will take to the streets of San Francisco on Sunday, October 7, 2018. The San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade is the longest continuously running Italian Heritage Parade in the United States, celebrating the accomplishments and culture of all Italian-Americans and welcoming all. 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. […]

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Carmen Policy, Peter Pace and Thomas “Tippy” Mazzucco Named Grand Marshals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media relations contact: Joe Ciarallo joe.ciarallo@gmail.com Announcing the 150th San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade The nation’s longest continuously running Italian Heritage Parade takes to the streets of San Francisco on Sunday, October 7, 2018 Carmen Policy, Peter Pace and Thomas “Tippy” Mazzucco Named Grand Marshals SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 6, 2018 — The 150th annual San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade will take to the streets of San Francisco on Sunday, October 7, 2018. The San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade is the longest continuously running Italian Heritage Parade in the United States, celebrating the accomplishments and culture of all Italian-Americans and welcoming all. The inaugural parade took place in 1868 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. This year, the parade coincides with San Francisco Fleet Week and for the first time with the newly announced Italian Heritage Day holiday, which is celebrated on the second Monday in October. For the sesquicentennial anniversary, parade Grand Marshals are former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of […]

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Upcoming Events in the San Francisco Italian American Community

Italian Community Services Evening In San Francisco @ SFIAC – September 8 Benefitting John Riccio Educational Grant Program www.italiancs.com/casinonight SFIAC – Festa Coloniale – September 15 www.sfiacfesta.com Cinema Italia SF – Film Festival – September 22 www.cinemaitaliasf.com/about/ North Beach Library- Kick-off Italian Heritage Month September 26 Screening of the film Finding the Mother Lode the Italian Immigrant Experience in Northern California at 6:00 pm https://sfpl.org/?pg=0100001401 North Beach Library Italian Heritage Month- October 3 Film Screening of The Golden Door at 6:30 pm North Beach Library Italian Heritage Month-October 7th Film Screening of La Vita è Bella at 1:30 pm North Beach Library Italian Heritage Month-October 14 Canoli making demo and tasting hosted by Le Donne d’Italia at 2:00  North Beach Library Italian Heritage Month- October 17 SF Opera’s Tosca Talk at 6:00 pm  North Beach Library Italian Heritage Month-October 28 Nuovo cinema Paradiso at 1:30 pm Museo 40th Anniversary Gala @ Bimbo’s 365 – November 3 https://museoitaloamericano.org Italian Community Services Anniversary Dinner Honoring CIAO @ Mark Hopkins Hotel – November 4 http://www.italiancs.com

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Highway 12 featured at the 150th Italian Heritage Parade Grand Ball

San Francisco – Highway 12 Winery has generously donated wine for the San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade Grand Ball on October 6, 2018. The winery bears the name of the legendary road which is home to dozens of world-renowned vineyards and wineries in the Carneros District of California. For more information about their wines, please see their website: https://www.highway12winery.com The Grand Ball is the annual celebration of Queen Isabella and her court on the eve of the parade. This black-tie event draws members of the Italian community, military officials from Fleet Week, the Italian Consul General of San Francisco, city officials and many more. 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. 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 on Twitter www.facebook.com/SFItalianHeritage #sfitalian #SFIH150Celebration  #sfitalianheritage #ItalianHeritage

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Queen Isabella and Her Court Named for the 150th San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade!

The San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade announces Queen Isabella and her Court for the upcoming parade on October 7, 2018, in San Francisco. Mia Torracca has been named Queen Isabella for the 150th San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade. Her family roots go back to La Spezia and Genoa but she grew up in North Beach and currently resided in San Francisco. She is currently studying Early Childhood Education at City College of San Francisco. The 2018 Queen Isabella and her Royal Court Queen Isabella – Mia Toracca Princess – Alyssa Salvetti First Duchess – Gina Guglielmoni Second Duchess – Grace Cardenas First Contessa – Brianna Wraa Second Contessa – Alyssa Antipa Third Contessa – Eva Giordano First Lady in Waiting – Chiara Antipa Second Lady in Waiting – Gabriella Fanucchi-Raouf Maiden – Nina Rivera Scroll Bearer – Enzo Solari Crown Bearer – Zita Solari Retiring Queen Isabella – Caroline Cirelli-Castaneda 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. The inaugural parade took place in 1869 in San Francisco’s downtown, featuring the bands and marching units of Italian fraternal organizations, including the […]

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Fundraising Dinner tickets are available now!

The fundraising dinner for the 150th San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade will occur Friday, September 7, 2018, at the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club, 1630 Stockton St. Join us starting at 6:00 PM in North Beach for an opportunity to support this 150-year tradition. Queen Isabella and her court for the 2018 parade will be in attendance along with the Board of Directors. Dinner will be followed by raffle drawings and a silent auction of prizes from our generous supporters. All proceeds from the evening will go to supporting the parade. Tickets can be purchased directly on our website or through Brandi Allan. Buy Tickets For all ticketing or donation questions, please contact Brandi Allan: ballan@sfitalianheritage.org 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. 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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Tickets are available for Italian Heritage Night at AT&T Park!

Please join us on Friday, August 24th to cheer on the San Francisco Giants as they take on the Texas Rangers for Italian Heritage Night. Limited-edition Giants-themed t-shirts will be available to show off your Italian pride! Proceeds benefit local Italian community partners in San Francisco. We have blocks of seats in two sections. Get them before they are gone! View Reserve 317 behind home plate Lower Box 126 near the Giants’ dugout Buy Tickets Questions? Email events@sfitalianheritage.org 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. 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 www.facebook.com/SFItalianHeritage #sfitalian #SFIH150Celebration #sfitalianheritage #ItalianHeritage

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Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace Named Grand Marshal of the 150th 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 7, 2018. Additional Grand Marshals and dignitaries will be announced soon The San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade is proud to announce that former United States Marine Corps general and the 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace will serve as 2018 parade Grand Marshal. Raised by Italian American parents (from Noci, Italy), Pace is recognized for his distinguished four-decade military and public service career. He has been honored with numerous awards and distinctions, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Distinguished Graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Special Achievement Award for Military Service. The 150th annual San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade will take to the streets of San Francisco on Sunday, October 7, 2018. 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 Italian-American dignitaries, music, performances, floats, and representatives of Italian and Italian-American organizations and […]

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