Despite cooler than normal temperatures this year, Festa Italiana crowds didn’t let temperatures in the mid-60s deter them from having a grand time.
This year’s performers, Gina Iaccovino, Romina Arena, the Riverside OperaÂ and Pietro, kept everyone thoroughly entertained with favorites like Theme from Godfather, New York, New York and other Italian classics.
TheÂ area in front of the gazebo of White Park , as with previous years, was filled with eager dancers especially when the beat picked up on medley numbers of Besame Mucho and La Bamba sung by Romina Arena.
Within White Park’s grounds couples could be seen holding hands and smooching as Arena sang a Â lovely medley of Â â€œIt’s Impossible” and â€œSomos Novios.â€ (â€œWe’re Loversâ€ –Spanish version)
Every year the music is what makes this festa special.
Even though they had to share one microphone, it was still a treat for everyone, even this non-Italian speaking Chinese photographer.
I spent 5 wonderful hours watching how a rich immigrant culture Â with a great work ethic work hard and play hard.