Sons of Italy Italian Feast & Carnival returns following pandemic hiatus
The Blauvelt Sons Of Italy Italian Feast & Carnival has returned to Tappan this weekend following a two-year hiatus prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event at the German Masonic Park in Tappan features legal gambling along with more than two dozen vendors serving up Italian flavors and selling Italian goods.
There's games and rides for the kids and live entertainment and drinks for the adults as well
Organizers describe it as a county fair with Italian flair and they're finally back to celebrate their 11th year after the pandemic hiatus.
They say a large portion of the money from the event goes to fund several charities, scholarships and more.
"From Orangetown my entire life and this kind of brings the community together, and you see people you haven't seen in many years, and I know people who came from Europe for this," says Bill Barbera, president of Blauvelt Sons Of Italy Rockland Lodge 2176.
"Our proceeds all go to charities and nonprofits, so that's 'really rewarding is seeing the people come here and have a good time and making the donations we do," says Sons Of Italy Italian Feast entertainment director Paul Borghese.
Organizers say they're anticipating 40,000 people coming to the event, which will continue Saturday and Sunday at noon.