Italy celebrated in Mirboo North
MIRBOO North embraced Italian culture at the 50th Italian Festa on Sunday.
An estimated 5000 people turned out to enjoy fantastic food, children’s activities, various market stalls and live entertainment.
The family event was free and the children’s activities included a jumping castle, an animal farm and face painting.
Live entertainment included a band called Paris By Night, comedian Joe Avati and performances by Mirboo North Primary School.
“All our hard work certainly paid off. We never expected such a big turnout. This is our 50th year and our biggest turnout ever,” Mirboo North Italian Festa committee president Sam Carpinteri said.
“We’ve tried to cater for everyone but the best thing of all has been the weather. The weather has been absolutely beautiful.”
Mr Capinteri said the event was significant to teach the next generation about Italian culture and heritage.
“Our children are born in Australia so we try to have events like this to help teach them our culture,” he said.
The committee was thrilled to see so many people sharing Italian culture.
“There was something for everyone to enjoy. There’s been a resurgence in people wanting to learn about the Italian heritage and it’s lovely to see the community embrace the idea (of the Italian Festa),” the committee’s Carmelina Manzo said.
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