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Italian Picnic is all about fun

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Via Press Release
05/30/2014 8:43 AM

Local groups don their club colors and glide down the parade route in exquisite vehicles, united in the spirit of community and fun. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Get ready for the Italian Benevolent Society of Amador County’s 134h Annual Italian Picnic and Parade, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 30 through June 1, at the Italian Picnic Grounds, on Sutter Hill, celebrating more than 100 years of good Italian fun.

In Gold Country, they really know how to put on a party with food, a carnival, live music, dancing and games, including Bocce ball for a buck. Friday night is the Italian Picnic and Parade and kids’ night, while Saturday features the celebrated Italian dinner at 6 p.m. The Grand Parade will be held on Main Street, in downtown Sutter Creek Sunday morning. A Bocce Tournament is one of Sunday afternoon’s highlights.

Since 1882, the society has hosted its Italian Picnic and Parade on the first Sunday in June, and what a parade it is. The march down State Highway 49 and the picnic that follows are well worth a weekend trip, to say nothing of the All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti and Chicken Feed the night before.

The parade itself begins in Sutter Creek at 10:30 a.m., on Sunday. Looking down Old State Highway 49, you’ll see raised rock sidewalks flanking the two-lane road, with Gold Country residents claiming spots along the parade route. A lucky few have seats on turn-of-the-century-style balconies, with bird’s-eye views of the scene: giant colored balloons, trays of snow cones, and clowns bent on selling the necessary parade accoutrements — long horns, flags, water guns and cotton candy.

Most of the county residents who haven’t staked out sideline positions get involved in the parade, whether on a float, in a band, as a member of a marching Boy Scout, Girl Scout or 4-H club, riding high on county fire equipment, or dressed to the hilt on horseback. You can be part of the action yourself if you jump into your car and follow the pooper-scoopers behind the parade up the hill about 1 mile to the Italian picnic grounds.

For event details, including bands, food and wine tastings and tournament times, visit italiansociety.com.

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