As we know, 2020 is a year different than any other in recent times. As such, the Parade is virtual but there will be some activities associated with Italian Hertiage that will be celebrated.
Washington Square Lighting and Italian Heritage Weekend Kickoff
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 - https://sfitalianheritage.org/dine-in-north-beach-for-italian-heritage-weekend/
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 11am on Sunday or anytime after on-demand on the Italian Heritage Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SFItalianHeritage
and Youtube pages - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5VWDo6SsWC_mxqA2VhRDCg
Saluto alla Parata!