Geometric pattern for IL MARCO POLO – THE ONLY ITALIAN NEWSPAPER IN BC SINCE 1974, street banner with sponsor logo will be available this year 2019 in the Little Italy area on Commercial Drive.
Held annually on the second Sunday of June and identified in the City of Vancouver’s list of Official Observances and Celebrations under June’s Italian Heritage Month umbrella, Italian Day on The Drive is a vibrant cultural street festival celebrating Italian culture, heritage and community. The event includes over 120 street participants, comprised of partners, vendors, community organizations – and an estimated 300,000 attendees of all ages and cultures. The festival is held on Commercial Drive (The Drive), home to Little Italy, where the street is transformed into a lively 14 block festa. Since Italian Day’s return in 2010, the event today represents the largest one-day cultural street festival in Vancouver. A festive community embrace, The Drive comes alive in green, white and red with piazza-style animated zones, live music, food vendors, patios, lifestyle attractions, family fun activities and more.
Italian Day 2019 Theme: Comunità
Italian Day on The Drive is a cultural street festival celebrating Italian culture, heritage and community, or otherwise translated in Italian as Comunita, which is this year’s centrepiece theme. For the Italian Day Festival Society, the significance of Comunità permeates several levels of Italian Day’s purpose and roots: the importance of community in the Italian culture and heritage; the embrace Italian Day creates with people of all cultures and ages in the form of a festive community celebration; and the value and common ground we can find when coming together to help make a positive difference in our community.