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friday july 29

12:00pm Opening Ceremony

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12:30-1:30pm Robert ‘Moose’ Dodrill

3:00-4:30pm 40+

5:00-5:30pm WTRF Live

5:00-6:30pm Avanti

7:00-8:15pm Eli and The Mojo Kings

9:00-11:00pm Ray Massa Big Italian Show

saturday july 30

11:00-12:00pm Veteran’s Appreciation Ceremony

1:30-2:20pm Bob Gaudio

2:30 - 3:30pm Bobby Pizzoferrato

4:00-5:30pm Rex Taneri Orchestra

6:00-6:30pm OV Folk Dancers

7:00-8:30pm Amici

9:15-10:45pm Lights Out! Beach Boys

10:45pm FIREWORKS

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sunday july 31

10:00-11:00am Catholic Mass

11:15-12:00pm Le Sorelle Di Bacco

12:00pm Car Show

1:00-1:45pm OV Folk Dancers

2:30-3:30pm Pocket Change

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eli & the mojo kings

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"The Mojo Kings" is a power-packed, dynamic eight-piece band that covers a variety of genres including; rock n roll, R&B, pop, top 40, and much more. The group is a unique blend of extraordinary musicians and vocalists, with a magical chemistry that has evolved from a passion for playing music, shared experiences, and deep personal friendships over many years. They have performed at high profile venues and events around the tristate area, and have accompanied and shared the stage with many incredible performers. Collectively, these experiences have built a dynamite ensemble ready to bring any party, concert, or event to life. The Mojo Kings perform music by legendary groups and artists like; Bruno Mars, Earth Wind and Fire, Justin Timberlake, Chicago, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Paul Simon, and many more. The standard instrumentation of the band is lead male vocal, lead female vocal, two keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, saxophone, trumpet, and trombone. The group also offers a jazz trio group for cocktail hours and solo piano for special ceremonies.

Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms

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The EuroRhythms, also known as Ray Massa's EuroRhythms, are an Italian-American band from Columbus, Ohio. They perform every style of Italian and Italian/American Music from traditional Italian folk, Pop and Rock Italian, Italian and Italian American Swing to Italian Standards. The band is a touring group/musical variety act, performing the United States since 1992 and Internationally since 2008. Their music is dubbed as Standard Italian popular music rewritten with a new pop world sound. Their audience tends to consist of both youth looking for new Italian culture, and older Italians who appreciate the older tunes.

Robert ‘Moose’ Dodrill

I've been Performing Over 30+ Years. I've opened for Artists: Hank Jr, Highway 101, Eddie Rabbit, Mel McDaniel, KT Oslin, and Numerous Other Artists. I've Performed National Anthem for Jamboree in the Hills, Pittsburgh Pirates, Italian Festival and Numerous Other Events. I'm A US Air Force Veteran.

40+

The 40+ Band is made up of six experienced musicians that have been perfor,ing together in the are since 2010. Their repertoire covers several genres including Classic Rock, Oldies, Country Rock, Country, Blues and a cappella. The band members include Rick Taylor on keyboards, John Zumpetta on drums, Dave Nixon on rhythm guitar and ukulele, Terry Stuck on rhythm guitar and Tom Fonner on bass guitar. All members perform lead and background vocals.

R.J. Gaudio

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R.J. is a solo acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter who is available for concerts, events and private parties. Bob uses the moniker "R.J." to distinguish himself from the famous songwriter for the Four Seasons and creator of "Jersey Boys". This versatile performer has been playing and writing music for five decades and covers music from all of them. He even performs a Christmas-music program upon request. R.J.'s performance fees are beyond reasonable, and he is amenable to performing gratis for charitable events.

avanti

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“The Avanti Band” may be best described as “today's” Italian / American group. The band infuses authentic Italian classics with a modern flair. They are popular among festivals, fairs and special occasions throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Avanti Band communicates "old world" traditions and heritage to a new generation of Italian-Americans. They are also perform at many wine tasting events throughout Ohio and are very well received.

rex taneri band

I was born into a musical family in 1955. My dad, Al and three of his brothers were all drummers playing in bands. My Grandfather played music until his death in 1982. Upon entering the Dana School of music, I formed my own band, tired of playing in someone else’s band. My dad was my drummer until his death in 1996. The band has carried on very successfully. We are billed as a polka band, but we play all types of music, specializing in Italian style music.

Lights Out! beach boys

Imagine yourself listening to the amazing hits of the Beach Boys, while watching the smooth moves of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons....Lights Out has re-imagined what The Beach Boys would be like if this actually, had happened. Sing along to all of the west coast hits while you dance along with moves created by one of the greatest groups to hit the musical landscape. Get up and party with, LIGHTS OUT!

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Pocket Change

Pocket Change is a 5-piece band made up of seasoned musicians from the “Greater Ohio Valley”. The band has been together for 5 years, and have played numerous venues throughout the area and beyond.

We specialize in Classic Soul, Funk, and Dance music. Artists we cover include Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and many other artists in that genre. We like to have a good time, and bring contagious energy to the stage. For information on Pocket Change, check out our Facebook page: PocketChangeWV, or contact us at 304-280-4670. “Get Your Groove On” with Pocket Change!

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Bobby Pizzoferrato

Bobby Pizzoferrato, singer/ bassist/ guitarist with over 35 years working clubs and events all over the Steubenville / Wheeling/ Pittsburgh area, Las Vegas, Florida, and LA. Lead singer bassist for dance rock band U.S. Kids and bassist/ vocalist for funk rock band Wild Cherry (no. 1 dance rock hit, Play that Funky Music). Current lead singer bassist for Pittsburgh rock band G-Force. Solo rock show with very mainstream rock hits like Toto, Journey, Bon Jovi, Modern Rock - Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, A Touch of Country- Lee Greenwood, Skynyrd, and Lone Star.

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AMICI

A contagious craze, an Italian musical craving, a festival tradition, call it what you want, but Amici takes the stageand the crowd is sitting on "go".Amici is now in their 38th year of existence. The band began in 1984. Their audienceswill, no doubt, find themselves feeling some Italian energy as they are “marinated" in the songs that have become a mainstay in the Italian-American story.

Amici, means, "friends" and these performers are home-grown, fromWest Virginia. During the start of the pandemic, they were the first band to go LIVE doing a virtual concert on Facebook from the location of the Robinson Grande Theatre in Clarksburg WV. The online event received 8000 views.

They have also performed for Italian Festivals and events in various parts of the Eastern U.S. Their versions of classic Italian favorites and contemporary Italian Folk music are filled with energy and passion.In May of 2021, the music of Amici began being aired at various times on WRUW Radio-Italia Cleveland with Tony Marotta, WNTN Boston Itali-Echo with Viviana Dragani, West Coast Italian Radio Palm Springs, California with Tony La Stella, WHPC "Profumi d'Italia" Garden City-New York City Listening Area with Rita Monte and WVLT "Viaggio Musicale" with Melissa Cannavo-Marino 92.1 Crusin' South New Jersey Listening area and "Carosello Italiano" with Joe Costa in Waterburgy CT.

FAQs

How are festivals celebrated in Italy? ›

Many Italian festivals are based on historical events and can include processions with people dressed in period costume, contests between neighborhoods of the town, flag-throwers, food, and fireworks. Summer is the height of the festival season, as you travel in Italy, look for posters advertising a festa or sagra.

Where is the Italian Festival in Louisiana? ›

The Italian Festival is always held the last full weekend in April and is located on Highway 51 next to the City Hall in Tickfaw, Louisiana.

Where is the Italian Festival in Columbus Ohio? ›

A three-day celebration of the finest in food, entertainment and Italian culture on the grounds of St. John the Baptist Italian Church in Italian Village.

What are 3 traditions in Italy? ›

Here are eight for your list:
  • Epiphany and La Befana. Throughout Florence, it is tradition for an old woman to deliver gifts to children on Epiphany Eve. ...
  • Carnevale. ...
  • Florentine New Year. ...
  • Scoppio del Carro. ...
  • Patron Saint Feast Day. ...
  • Notte Bianca. ...
  • Festa della Rificolana. ...
  • Republic Day.
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What is the most important celebration in Italy? ›

La Festa della Repubblica is Italy's Independence Day and one of the country's most important holidays. The day celebrates the end of monarchs and the country officially becoming a republic.

What happens during infiorata? ›

The “infiorata” festival means “decorated with flowers,” and it is during this time that you can explore exquisite works of art created by only what Mother Nature provides. The streets are carpeted with flower petals in displays of incredible artistry. Flower carpets cover entire streets at Infiorata.

What is Carnevale and why is it celebrated? ›

WHAT IS CARNEVALE? Like France's Mardi Gras, Carnevale is the final hurrah before the restrictions of Lent begin on Ash Wednesday (February 14). During the celebrations, which can last from a day to a month, revelers are free to eat, drink, and dance without reproof.

What music originated in Italy? ›

Opera has remained the musical form most closely linked with Italian music and Italian identity. This was most obvious in the 19th century through the works of Giuseppe Verdi, an icon of Italian culture and pan-Italian unity.

How long is the Irish Italian parade? ›

Parade route is approximately 3.7 miles

This calendar and route is subject to change at anytime without notice.

Does Columbus Ohio have a Little Italy? ›

Italian Village, located just north of downtown Columbus and just east of the Short North Arts District, is becoming a hotspot for great food and drink. The neighborhood is bordered by Fifth Avenue on the north, the train tracks to the east, High Street on the west, and I-670 on the south.

Where is Italian Fest Buffalo? ›

The 2022 Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival returns to its “Little Italy” home on Hertel Avenue.

Was Christopher Columbus born in Italy? ›

Early Life and Nationality

Christopher Columbus, the son of a wool merchant, is believed to have been born in Genoa, Italy, in 1451. When he was still a teenager, he got a job on a merchant ship. He remained at sea until 1476, when pirates attacked his ship as it sailed north along the Portuguese coast.

What are 5 traditions found in Italian culture? ›

5 Italian Traditions You'll Surely Want To Know
  • Family. For Italians, family is the most important part of life. ...
  • Music. Italians absolutely love music. ...
  • Religion. Most Italians are Roman Catholic. ...
  • Holidays and celebrations. Italians embrace any reason to get together with family. ...
  • Architecture and art.
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What do Italians do for fun? ›

For Italian families, among the most popular daily leisure activities are watching television, listening to the radio, reading newspapers, and going to the cinema; reading books and engaging in sports are less common among the majority of people.

What is a unique tradition in Italy? ›

In Florence, they have a unique tradition of 'scoppio de carro' which quite literally means 'exploding of the cart. ' They decorate a wagon and fill it with fireworks. Oxen lead it through the city so it arrives at the city center just in time for the end of the Easter Mass.

What is traditional Italian culture? ›

The Italian culture is commonly associated with art, music and food. It is the homeland of the Roman Empire, the Roman Catholic Church and the main center of the Renaissance, which flourished through Europe for centuries.

What are the top 3 holidays in Italy? ›

The most important holidays – with the most closures – are Christmas and Easter, followed by New Year's Day and Labor Day.

Do people wear jeans in Italy? ›

Italians tend to wear basic blue jeans a lot less often than their counterparts elsewhere. It's not that women are always in dresses, and men in suits; it's that when they do throw on trousers, they're rarely basic jeans or khakis. Instead, pants come in a rainbow of colors. And yes, that's true for women and men.

What does Infiorata mean in Italian? ›

Throughout select cities and towns, artists descend upon the streets to create works of art out of flower petals, hence the name Infiorata, meaning decorated with flowers. Not only can attending these festivals lend Instagram worthy photos but also you can see one of Italy's most celebrated springtime events.

In which month flower Carpet Festival is occurred? ›

The event takes place every other August, coordinating with Assumption Day. Nearly a million flowers are required to create the ephemeral 1,800 m2 (19,000 sq ft) carpet.

What are 4 traditions of Carnevale? ›

Italy celebrates Carnevale with a huge winter festival marked by parades, masquerade balls, entertainment, music, and parties. Children throw confetti at each other—and sometimes toss flour and raw eggs, too.

What foods are eaten during Carnevale? ›

Fritelle, or fritters, with or without pastry-cream filling are the most common sweet associated with Venetian carnevale. Savory foods served during this period tend toward pasta such as gnocchi, lasagna, and tortelli.

What do people eat on Carnevale? ›

What food is eaten at Carnevale?
  • Crostoli (Chiacchiere) di Carnevale. ...
  • Graffe Napoletane (Italian donuts) ...
  • Sfingi Siciliani (Sicilian style doughnuts) ...
  • Crespelle di San Giuseppe. ...
  • Blueberry and ricotta pancakes. ...
  • Pignuccata Siciliana.
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What is the Italian dance called? ›

Among the many folk dances of Italy, the tarantella is arguably the most famous . The tarantella is a lively southern Italian folk dance, usually in 3/8 or 6/8 time, that is often performed at weddings . Its origins, however, are ancient, spanning several centuries, as well as quite peculiar .

What language is spoken in Italy? ›

Although Italian is the official language of Italy, it's not widely known that the country boasts some 34 spoken languages and related dialects. The majority of these languages are Romance-based, meaning that they evolved from Vulgar Latin.

What religion do Italians practice? ›

Roman Catholicism has been a point of unification for Italy, and its influence on society remains very publicly visible. There are thousands of churches in the country and over 900 in Rome alone. The Catholic Church's statistics indicate that 96% of Italians were baptised as Catholic.

What do they throw at the Irish Italian parade? ›

As in other large Irish and Irish-Italian float parades, in addition to beads, cups and other trinkets, the riders on these decorated trucks will be throwing vegetables. That's right… cabbage, potatoes, onions, carrots, etc.

How many floats are in the Irish Italian parade 2022? ›

The City of New Orleans has granted a permit to the 2022 Irish Channel Parade. There will be 29 full-sized Carnival floats with 60 riders each.

Where does the Irish Italian parade start? ›

This year's Irish-Italian Parade, a Jefferson Parish staple since 1983, will roll down Veterans Boulevard on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at noon. The parade will begin at Veterans and Houma Boulevard, turn down Severn Avenue to 18th Street, return to Veterans and end at Martin Behrman Drive.

What is the German Village in Columbus Ohio? ›

German Village is a historic neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio, just south of the city's downtown. It was settled in the early-to-mid-19th century by a large number of German immigrants, who at one time comprised as much as a third of the city's entire population.

Does Cleveland have a Little Italy? ›

LITTLE ITALY, one of 5 major Italian settlements in Cleveland (see ITALIANS), is located from E. 119th to E. 125th streets on Murray Hill and Mayfield roads.

Does Little Italy have cauliflower crust? ›

Toppings: Pepperoni, Sausage, Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, Onions, Banana Peppers, Green Peppers, Ham, Pineapple, Bacon, Black Olives, Green Olives, Tomato, Breaded Chicken, Fajita Chicken, Jalapeno. We now have a 10 inch Cauliflower crust.

What time is the Taste of Buffalo over? ›

Dates: Saturday 7/9 — 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday 7/10 — 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

What time does the Taste of Buffalo close? ›

The 39th annual event will be Saturday, July 9 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. BUFFALO, N.Y. — The dates have been set for yet another Buffalo summer staple.

Where is the Greek Festival in Buffalo? ›

The festival will be held at the church on the corner of West Utica Street and Delaware Avenue. The Greek Festival is the unofficial kick off to festival season in Buffalo.

Who actually found America? ›

Explorer Christopher Columbus (1451–1506) is known for his 1492 'discovery' of the New World of the Americas on board his ship Santa Maria.

What was America called before America? ›

The earlier Spanish explorers referred to the area as the Indies believing, as did Columbus, that it was a part of eastern Asia.

Who came to America first? ›

The Spanish were among the first Europeans to explore the New World and the first to settle in what is now the United States. By 1650, however, England had established a dominant presence on the Atlantic coast. The first colony was founded at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607.

What do people celebrate in Italy? ›

Out of all of the holidays stated above, probably Ferragosto, the Festa Della Republica, and the Primo Maggio are definitely the most celebrated Italian festivities. I didn't mention Christmas, Easter, or New Years because those are pretty much celebrated everywhere in the world today.

How many celebrations are there in Italy? ›

The following days are public holidays in Italy. These include a mix of national, religious and local observances. In addition to the 12 national holidays each city or town celebrates a public holiday on the occasion of the festival of the local patron saint: for example, Rome - 29 June (SS.

What is the oldest festival that takes place in Italy? ›

The Venice Carnival in Italy is one of the world's oldest and most colourful festivals. This popular winter festival takes place just before Lent, and lasts for eighteen days.

What are 5 traditions found in Italian culture? ›

5 Italian Traditions You'll Surely Want To Know
  • Family. For Italians, family is the most important part of life. ...
  • Music. Italians absolutely love music. ...
  • Religion. Most Italians are Roman Catholic. ...
  • Holidays and celebrations. Italians embrace any reason to get together with family. ...
  • Architecture and art.
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What is traditional Italian culture? ›

The Italian culture is commonly associated with art, music and food. It is the homeland of the Roman Empire, the Roman Catholic Church and the main center of the Renaissance, which flourished through Europe for centuries.

What is a unique tradition in Italy? ›

In Florence, they have a unique tradition of 'scoppio de carro' which quite literally means 'exploding of the cart. ' They decorate a wagon and fill it with fireworks. Oxen lead it through the city so it arrives at the city center just in time for the end of the Easter Mass.

Do people wear jeans in Italy? ›

Italians tend to wear basic blue jeans a lot less often than their counterparts elsewhere. It's not that women are always in dresses, and men in suits; it's that when they do throw on trousers, they're rarely basic jeans or khakis. Instead, pants come in a rainbow of colors. And yes, that's true for women and men.

Are there food festival in Italy? ›

In fact, there's literally a food or wine festival happening every month of the year in every region of Italy, celebrating everything from the arrival of seasonal foods to regional wines just waiting to be uncorked.

How do Italians greet each other? ›

The common verbal greeting is “Ciao” (Hello). This is quite casual. People may also say “Buongiorno” (Good day) or “Buonasera” (Good evening) to be more formal. Address a person by their title and last name, and continue to do so until invited to move to a first-name basis.

What are the top 3 holidays in Italy? ›

The most important holidays – with the most closures – are Christmas and Easter, followed by New Year's Day and Labor Day.

Why is Good Friday not a holiday in Italy? ›

READ ALSO: The Italian holiday calendar for 2022

You don't get a day off because it's not a celebration: instead it's a day of mourning, marking the day that Christians believe Jesus died on the cross. It's known as Venerdì Santo in Italy, or Holy Friday.

What food is eaten at Carnevale? ›

What food is eaten at Carnevale?
  • Crostoli (Chiacchiere) di Carnevale. ...
  • Graffe Napoletane (Italian donuts) ...
  • Sfingi Siciliani (Sicilian style doughnuts) ...
  • Crespelle di San Giuseppe. ...
  • Blueberry and ricotta pancakes. ...
  • Pignuccata Siciliana.
21 Feb 2020

Is Venice Carnival 2022 Cancelled? ›

In 2021, the Carnival was cancelled for the same reasons. In 2022, the Venice Carnival took place with all its historical events and spectacular public and private parties and balls.

What is Carnival season in Italy? ›

Carnevale in Italy, known in the U.S. as Carnival or Mardi Gras, takes place in the weeks leading up to Easter. Think of Carnevale in Italy as a big final party before Ash Wednesday, the restrictions of Lent, and the more pious observances of Easter.

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