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Taste of Italy at Carnevale


The Adelaide Showground will be a sea of green, white and red as it transforms into an Italian piazza for the annual Italian Festival Carnevale in November.

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This year the event has been moved to November, in a bid to beat the searing February temperatures of recent years and make conditions more comfortable for the 25,000 who are expected to attend.

“Weather-wise November is more congenial,” explained Eugene Ragghianti from the Co-ordinating Italian Committee which organises the event.

“We had two very hot Saturdays in a row where it was 43 degrees and people tend not to come out on the really hot days. The original festivals from 1976 to 1996 were held in October/November so we are returning to the spring time.”

Whatever the weather, enjoying this year’s celebrations – as she has done for many years – will be Anna Morasca, along with her husband Carmine and their sons Anthony, Thomas and Nicholas.

For Anna, being able to attend the weekend event on November 4 and 5 with her own family continues a tradition started with her parents when she was in her twenties.

In addition to being a chance to appreciate “all things Italian”, the Carnevale holds a special place in her heart as that is where she first met Carmine in 1989.

Now married for 25 years, the couple are regulars at the festival and over the years have enjoyed sharing their Italian heritage with their now adult sons.

As Anna explained, it’s an opportunity to catch up with friends, experience what Italy has to offer – and also celebrate their Catholic faith.

“I love the atmosphere, the music, the Italian culture and the people you meet there. I love the food, coffee and fashion parades… but the Mass is the most important part.

“I think it’s very special the way the people come together for the Mass,” Anna said.

This year, because the event has moved to November, the Mass is close to All Souls Day and will serve to remember the dead.

“The theme of our Mass will be ‘Remembering Our Dearly Departed’ and we will be collecting all the names of our dearly departed at Carnevale, to be offered up at the Mass,” said Eugene.

The Mass is expected to be attended by about 4000 people. Groups taking part are asked to bring their religious banner and assemble at The Atrium at the rear of Goyder pavilion, no later than 9.45am on Sunday November 5.

The procession will commence at 10am, with the Mass being celebrated by Archbishop Philip Wilson at 10.30am.

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