The entry fee of $7 per adult, was very reasonable. Parking was free since we parked on the street.
Banners and flags of green, red and white, the colors of the Italian flag, decorated the length of the walkway from the gate through the fountain and past the gazebo.
Pietro dressed in a tuxedo sang some beautiful songs in Italian for the audience.
The crowd that gathered around the gazebo which served as a “stage.”
KFI radio news director and master of ceremony of the festa Chris Little mentioned how last year’s event was almost marred by the pesky Santa Ana winds.
Little encouraged the crowd to visit the fine collection of Italian cars that were put on display by Doug Magnon from the Riverside International Automotive Museum.
Accordian player Joe Martino played a beautiful rendition of the Love Theme from “The Godfather.”
He followed it up with an uptempo Hebrew folk song “Hava Nagila.” (Let us rejoice)
Dean Martin impersonator Gilbert Gauthier leads an audience member by the arm.
Before signing off he quipped “If you don’t like my music, my name is Paco.Â If you do, it’s Joe Martino.”
He was followed by Dean Martin impersonator Gilbert Gauthier.
Gauthier picked out a chair, and a young lady in the crowd, escorted her by the arm, seated her and proceeded to serenade her.
Watch some very fine singing from these two ladies by mousing over the link below:
At this point some of members of the audience starting dancing.
And some were very taken with Wilcox’s persona.
What made this a very relaxed outing for the family was the way the park was enclosed and sealed off all around.
Parents could actually relax and let their kids run around because of the large open areas.
There were 2 Bocce ball areas and activities like face-painting, sidewalk chalk drawing and other crafts for young ones.
I hope the event raised enough money that this will continue annually.
Riverside so badly need small festivals like this.
With today’s gas prices it’s nice not to have to travel far or pay a lot to have a relaxing day with family.
Please leave a comment or email me if I made an error anywhere. I was too busy taking stills and also shooting a little video to take good notes.
Most of these pictures were taken with my 80-200 zoom. Events like this are so much fun. Everyone has a great time and best of all, no one Â minds being photographed.