This year we have to celebrate a little differently!

The San Francisco Italian Heritage Festival & Parade is Moving to Social Distanced and Virtual Events for 2020

Welcome to the 2020 San Francisco Italian Heritage Virtual Parade/Parata Virtuale! This year we have to celebrate a little differently, but it is more important than ever to bring the community together both online and safely in person.

We are excited to present to you our first virtual parade, just over fifty minutes of all your parade favorites. Sit down over a Sunday sauce and enjoy. We also extend a grazie mille to all of our participants and special thanks to our title sponsor Bank of America.

View the Italian Heritage Parata Virtual starting at 11am PT on our YouTube and Facebook pages!

2020 Italian Heritage Parata Virtual participants include:

  • Bill Mastrangelo, President, SF Italian Heritage Board of Directors
  • Claudio Cipollina, SVP, Bank of America
  • “Flag Raising at SFIAC with Consul General Lorenzo Ortorna
  • Maria Fassio Pignatti – Italian National Anthem
  • Associazione Nazionale Carabinieri, Italian military police
  • Grand Marshal and 2020 Cent’anni award to Mike Sangiacomo, President and CEO, Recology, in recognition of Recology’s 100th year in business
  • Franc D’Ambrosio performance, best-known for his impressive portrayal of the lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical, The Phantom of the Opera
  • Ferrari Club Pacific Region
  • San Francisco District 2 Supervisor Catherine Stefani
  • Tony Gemignani, Tony’s Pizza
  • San Francisco Sheriff Paul Miyamoto
  • Le Donne d’Italia
  • Rene Sevieri accordion performance, “Volare”
  • Cooking with Rosetta Constentino, Southern Italian Pasta shaping
  • 2019 / 2020 Queen Isabella
  • Tri-City Band Corps
  • San Francisco Police Department Chief William Scott, Assistant Chief Robert Moser and retired SFPD Homicide Inspector Sargent Gianrico Pierucci
  • Museo Italio Americano
  • Randy Demartini, Executive Director, Salesian Boys and Girls Club…is Elvis!
  • Richard Aicardi, North Beach Honey
  • Balliamo Italian Dancers performance
  • Tom Rivard accordion performance
  • Brian Boitano, 1988 Olympic Gold Medal Figure Skater and Bay Area native – Quatro Cittro specialty drink recipe
  • Rae Mignola, Queen Mother Emerita, former president San Francisco Italian Heritage Board of Directors, 47th year with the parade committee
  • Le Donne Italia’s Cannoli Queen, Antonette Machi cooking demonstration
  • The Leonardo da Vinici Society of San Francisco
  • David Perry, author of Upon This Rock
  • Ricco Italian Dancers
  • Pifferi e Tamburi Baio Dora traditional Italian band performance

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Italian Heritage Festival Weekend Events Schedule

View the full events schedule and more details at www.sfitalianheritage.org/events/

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Friday, October 9th, 6 pm – 8 pm – Washington Square Lighting and Italian Heritage Weekend Kickoff – the kickoff to Italian Heritage Festival Weekend as well as Italian Heritage Month. We will raise the Italian flag honoring contributions of Italian Americans to San Francisco, the countdown to light up the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club and St. Peter and Paul’s Church, and Washington Square Park in the green, white, and red of the Italian flag. Live accordion music will be played at the street level. A full outdoor bar and food will be available for purchase from SFIAC Porta Via restaurant. Speakers and performers will connect with the community from the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club balcony and include:

  • San Francisco Italian Heritage Festival & Parade President Bill Mastrangelo
  • District 2 Supervisor Catherine Stefani
  • District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin
  • Consul General Lorenzo Ortona
  • Maria Pignati will perform the Italian national anthem

Saturday & Sunday, October 10th and 11th – Italian Heritage Weekend in North Beach the Italian-American community welcomes everyone to support local business and enjoy our open spaces in North Beach. The San Francisco Italian Athletic Club is hosting daily outdoor dining and family entertainment, many restaurants are open for outdoor seating, and there are also many to-go options perfect for park and piazza dining. Please view events and participating restaurants here.

Italian Heritage Lights – to mark Italian Heritage Day and Italian Heritage Month, the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club, and Sts. Peter and Paul Church will be lit up in the green, white, and red tricolore on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. San Francisco City Hall will be lit up on Saturday night to honor the contributions of Italian Americans to the foundation of SF of today.

Sunday, October 11th, Virtual Italian Heritage Celebration – those that are unable to join the community in North Beach can watch a virtual show online. The show will be presented in a thirty-minute video featuring dignitaries, music, performances, and representatives of Italian and Italian-American organizations and businesses. Tune in and watch at 11 am on Sunday or anytime after on-demand on the Italian Heritage Facebook and Youtube pages. Saluto alla Parata!

Other events on Sunday, October 11th include:

Virtual High Mass at Sts. Peter & Paul Church – Join the community at 10 am for a virtual mass, which will be live-streamed on the church website.

In partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute, Museo Italo Americano, and CIAO Bay Area, there will be a month-long celebration, including the following events:

Italian Cultural Institute Free Italian Movie Sundays – every Sunday in October, the Italian Cultural Institute will host the film series CINEDAY, featuring ten Italian contemporary films in Italian with English subtitles available to the first 300 to register. View the full schedule at the Italian Cultural Institute website.

Week of the Italian Language – The theme for the Week of the Italian Language in the World (October 19-25, 2020), is “Italian Between Word and Image: Graffiti, Illustrations, Comic Books,” a theme that can be developed both in a socio-linguistic key and by emphasizing expressive forms such as comics books, graphic novels, and children’s books. View the full events schedule at the Italian Cultural Institute website.

Museo Italo Americano Italian Heritage Month events – The Museo Italo Americano in collaboration with the Leonardo Da Vinci Society of San Francisco, are presenting a new online illustrated lecture series, “Four Historical Italians Who Went to China and Left a Mark.” RSVP on the Museo website and also view two online museum exhibits, “In Cerca di Una Nuova Vita, Italian Immigration from Italy to California,” and “Beniamino Bufano – So Be It In Peace, A Retrospective from Our Permanent Collection.”