Boston’s Italian American community came together on May 31 to celebrate the 69th anniversary of Italy as a Republic. Rainy conditions shifted the annual celebrations from Christopher Columbus Park to Filippo Ristorante.
Organized by the local COMITES chapter and the Federazione Associazioni Italiane e Italo-Americane New England, the Festa kicked off with the Centro Attività Scolastiche Italiane (Casit) awarding ten individual scholarships to as many students from the Boston area. Winning schools included the North End’s Eliot School, Medford’s McGlynn Elementary and Andrews Middle School, Wilmington Middle School, Winchester High School, Stoneham High School, Revere High School, and Medford High School. Casit was also the recipient of a generous donation towards its summer camp program, awarded by Rosetta Romagnoli on behalf of the Federazione Associazioni Abruzzesi-USA.
The opening celebrations wrapped up with an award ceremony for the previous week’s Festa della Repubblica bocce tournament, won by the Juventus Club Boston, followed by Inter Club Boston and FONEBI (Friends of the North End Bocce, Inc.).
The day’s events continued with local organizations promoting their missions at several stands, as well as live entertainment brought by singers Giovanni Ferraro, Enzo Mannone, Loreto Marini and Franco Corso.