Monday, May 14, 2012

The 131st Italian Picnic and Parade in Sutter Creek

The 131st Italian Picnic and Parade in Sutter Creek is an event not to be missed. It is an old fashioned, HUGE parade and a weekend of fun for the whole family!

Since 1882, the Italian Benevolent Society has hosted its Italian Picnic and Parade on the first Sunday in June. And what a parade it is! The march down Old State Highway 49 and the picnic that follows are well worth a weekend trip; to say nothing of the All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti and Chicken Feed the night before. 

In the Gold Country, they really know how to put on a party! Food, carnival, live band, dancing and games.  There is Bocce Ball for a buck. Friday night is kids’ night and Saturday is the Italian dinner at 6 pm. The Grand Parade will be in downtown Sutter Creek on Sunday at 10:30 am. The Bocce Tournament is Sunday afternoon.

The parade itself begins in Sutter Creek at 10:30 on Sunday. Looking down Old State Highway 49, you’ll see raised rock sidewalks flanking the two-lane road, with Gold Country residents claiming spots along the parade route. A lucky few have seats on turn-of-the-century-style balconies, with bird’s-eye views of the scene: giant colored balloons, trays of snow cones and clowns bent on selling the necessary parade accouterments – long horns, flags, water guns and cotton candy.

Most of the county residents who haven’t staked out sideline positions seem to be involved in the parade – on a float, in a band, as a member of a marching Boy Scout, Girl Scout or 4-H unit, riding high on county fire equipment, or dressed to the hilt on a horse. 
Go and be part of the fun!

  • Italian Picnic Grounds in Sutter Hill, Sutter Creek, CA 
  • June 1,2, & 3, 2012 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
  • Main Street Sutter Creek, June 3rd, for the Parade
  • Call (209) 267-0206 for information or (209) 267-1344

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of  the Italian Picnic & Parade.

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