Who are members of the Court of Queen Isabella?

The Court of Queen Isabella consists of outstanding Italian-American young women who uphold important Italian traditions while exemplifying the keystone values of Italian Heritage.  Furthermore, the Court represents the Board of Directors, the Italian Heritage Parade, and the local Italian community throughout the year at various Italian functions and events.

How is the Court of Queen Isabella selected?

The Court of Queen Isabella is selected through an interview process consisting of a panel of judges. The judges look for poise, grace, community involvement, participation in the Italian community, strong speaking skills, and a commitment to their Italian heritage. The members of the Court of Queen Isabella will serve a one year term and will participate in many festivities representing their Italian culture.

What does it mean to be on the Court of Queen Isabella?

The Court of Queen Isabella is the primary focal point of the Italian Heritage Parade.  Being a member of the court provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the incredible achievements of Italian-Americans in our community and to educate others about the multi-faceted Italian culture. All members should recognize and represent the ideals of the Italian-American community: hard work, the importance of family and faith, and a love of life.  Former members look upon the experience as unforgettable and once-in-a-lifetime.

Who were the past Queens?

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Grace Ann Cardenas
Queen Isabella
Filomina Torchy Prudente Reilly
Monica Noel Appiano
First Duchess
Brianna Nicole Lucia Dorio Wraa
Second Duchess
Adriana Kristine Calgaro
First Contessa
Giada Parigi
Second Contessa
Gabriella Fanucchi-Raouf
Third Contessa
Mia Nicole Soracco
First Lady in Waiting
Francesca Florine Fanucchi
Second Lady in Waiting
Gianna Sofia Bankovitch
Liliana Marlynn Pellegrini Inglin
Crown Bearer
George Ottavio Pisani Theodorides
Scroll Bearer
Gina Marie Guglielmoni
Queen Isabella 2019

How do I become part of the Court of Queen Isabella?

The Queen and her court reign for one year starting in October through the following September. As ambassadors for our Italian Heritage, participate in civic events, as well as the Italian Heritage Parade events listed below. All events are mandatory for all court members unless noted.  Dates, times, and events are subject to change.

  • Orientation – Saturday, April 30, 2022
  • Interview Day – Saturday, May 7, 2022
  • Salesian Centennial – June 18, 2022
  • Salesian Bocce – June 25, 2022
  • 2022 Court Luncheon – Sunday, August 14, 2022
  • Fund Raising Dinner – Friday, August 26, 2022
  • Picture Day – Saturday, August 27, 2022
  • SFIAC Festa – Saturday, August 27, 2022
  • Madonna Del Lume Mass & Parade – Saturday, October 1 – Sunday, October 2, 2022
  • Washington Square Lighting & Block Party  – TBA
  • Italian Consulate Reception – Friday, October 7, 2022
  • Grand Ball – Saturday, October 8, 2022
  • High Mass and Italian Heritage Parade – Sunday, October 9, 2022
  • Post-Parade Dinner – Sunday, October 9, 2022

Any questions please email: court@sfitalianheritage.org

Queen’s Court Director: Cara (Zuffo) Allan Assistant Directors: Angelina Ragusa & Mia Toracca

Please email your application to court@sfitalianheritage.org

Applications are now closed!

Please check back in November 2022 to apply for the 2023 Court of Queen Isabella.

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