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This year’s festival was a big success with groups traveling in on buses from Connecticut and Massachusetts. The day began with the Padre Pio Garden being blessed by Farther Flavio. This garden was built last year with the help of Spirit of Hope of Johnston. The garden is circular, about 30-feet diameter, with a custom steal sculpture of Padre Pio....

The Italian American Alliance (IAA), led by CEO Dom Amara and President Jim DiStefano, will host the first annual Italian American Cultural Celebration on Monday, Oct. 10 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at The Tall Ship East Boston, 1 East Pier Drive, Pier One, in East Boston. The event will celebrate Italian-American culture and feature Italian food, fun acti...

The annual march, rebranded last year as the Italian Heritage Parade, will step off Monday at noon from St. Joseph’s Church on Broadway. The route takes participants through Washington Square and down Thames Street before turning onto Memorial Boulevard. It will end at the statue of Christopher Columbus at the intersection of Bellevue Avenue. Membe...

For 25 years, Worcester hosted an annual Columbus Day parade, with the last one held in 2018. This year, the parade returns and has been reimagined under the direction of a new committee and leadership. The Italian Heritage Parade will take place on Sunday with over fifty contingents consisting of floats and community groups marching down Shrewsbur...

The Milford Columbus Committee on Aug. 16 announced the 2022 award recipients for Italian-American of the Year, as well as the 2022 scholarship recipients. The announcement comes in advance of the committee’s 2022 Dinner Dance on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Vazzano’s Four Seasons in Stratford. Ticket sales for the Dinner Dance raise funds for the yearly s...

The Torrington Chapter of UNICO National and the City of Torrington will hold its annual Columbus/Italian Mayor of the Day celebration at 9 a.m. Oct. 12 in the Coe Memorial Park Civic Center. This year's recipient of the Italian Mayor of the Day is Victor M. Muschell, who serves as counsel for the Torrington City Council, and has served his communi...

Mayor Nancy R. Rossi and the West Haven Italian Heritage Committee will honor the city’s “Mr. Soccer” as the “primo italiano” at the 23rd annual Italian Heritage Celebration. West Haven Youth Soccer League President John Vinci, a proud ambassador of his rich Italian heritage, will receive the Italian American of the Year award at noon Friday at Cit...

A call for unity and action!  That’s the message of Keynote Speaker Virginia Gardner, President of the Italian American Alliance – National, at the Conference of Italian American Organizations in Connecticut, hosted by the Italian-American Defense League.  Gardner began her speech by jokingly pointing out how “Anglo” her last name by marriage is, b...

Dear Friends of Italy, As I begin my tenure as Consul General of Italy in Boston with great pride and excitement, I wish to recognize the unwavering commitment and work of the Italian and Italian American community, organizations and associations in their efforts to promoting the values, culture, and traditions of Italian heritage in our consular j...

Rosemarie Antoinette Basile, a longtime Provincetown resident and celebrated artist of local scenes, died peacefully on Sept. 25, 2022 at her home in Orleans. She was 91.  She was born on May 10, 1931 in Newark, N.J., the only child of Aurelio Artillio and Immaculata (Spallone) Basile. She spoke only Italian until age seven and spent childhood summ...

Four years ago, the tricolor of green, white and red doused Shrewsbury Street with the century-old parade and festivities that celebrated Italian heritage on Columbus Day.  The event with brass bands and floats is set to return on Oct. 9 starting at noon on Aitchison Street near Piccadilly Plaza, and marching down Shrewsbury Street and ending at Un...

Beaver Street was officially declared the city’s own “Little Italy” by Mayor Erin Stewart in honor of the Festa Italiana that took place there Sunday. Visitors to the annual event enjoyed pizza, pasta, wine, bocce, dancing and other Italian delights. The day began with a ceremonial carrying of St. Ann’s Church statue from the parish on North Street...