Carnevale di Venezia 2013 - Italian Day on the Drive (plus optional Gelato)

 

 

 

Come and enjoy the 4th annual Italian Day on Commercial Drive! Inspired by a traditional Venetian Carnevale that was first recorded in 1268, the origins of this celebration form an integral part of the Christian calendar as a special time before Lent (a period of fasting). The purpose of this celebration is the representation of freedom, amusement and festivities for everyone. Masks wearing was introduced to break social barriers and in some ways create an equalization among the classes. During the late 18th century, Venice halted their celebrations when they came under Austrian rule in 1798 and was resumed again in 1979.

Start & End: Please arrive at the designated space at 11:45am. The festivities begin at 12pm and end at 8pm.

How to find us: I will be standing outside the "Womyn's Ware" shop at Commercial Drive x Venables Street. Please be aware that there are many roadblocks throughout the Commercial Drive area (refer to roadblock map link below), so plan your trip well so you are not, if you're driving, circling everywhere to find a parking spot. Transit may be a bit tricky too. I recommend that you call Translink and plan ahead - at least a week before.

I can say right now that if you're going either east or west on Hastings via transit, your best option would be to get off at Hastings x Commercial and walk a few blocks south until you reach "Womyn's Wear". Please keep in mind that the shop is at the boundary of the Commercial Drive x Venables roadblock.

Roadblock Map: http://italianday.ca/highlights/road-closure-maps/

My phone number: I don't normally like giving it out, but if you think that you need it you can email me with your number and I'll give you mine. The only catch is don't give out my number without my permission! Thanks.

Event Website: http://italianday.ca/

What is the cost: No price is indicated and the festival is a public street celebration, so my good guess is that the darn thing is free to attend! However, if you choose to buy food and drink and whatever else that will be left up to you.

What is the plan: Generally, I like everyone to stick together. If, for some reason, you decide to split from the group to check on something different you may do so, but you must agree upon a meeting place and time before you go!

If you bring family member or children you are responsible for them.

People can choose to leave whenever they like on one condition: let me know so I don't waste time looking for you! Thanks.

Optional Gelato: Down some ways via west on 1033 Venables Street x Glen Drive is this kickass Italian Gelato place, "La Casa Gelato." I cannot say for certain whether they will be open or not, but if we cannot score any Gelato at the festival we can certainly walk (burn off some Italian food) down Venables Street - or close to it, depending on roadblocks.

Waiver: The host, group, Italian Day Festival Society, masked Venetians, festival staff and associates are not responsible in any way for attending members. Members who RSVP YES for this event are solely and totally responsible for their own personal safety and well being before, during and at any time after the conclusion of this event. The host, group, Italian Day Festival Society, masked Venetians, festival staff and associates shall be held harmless and shall be unconditionally free forever of any and all liabilities, obligations and responsibilities to any of the attendees, guests and all third party individuals, relatives and representatives.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I got separated but that's ok. I was busy with my camera.

    June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had fun! With or without the group! And was GREAT to see Gladis again after all these years!

    June 10, 2013

  • Rita A.

    The ice cream bar was the best I've ever had!

    June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Getting lost?
    No problems Akemi! It was a festival. People are going to wander off by themselves. It is impractical to stay together as a group in such a crowd with so many different attractions. I was happy to see you and Kevin again, I hope you had as good a time as I did.

    June 9, 2013

  • Rohit

    Seems we all got lost...I myself am @ Fets having a cold pint if anyone wants to join?

    June 9, 2013

  • Jess

    Someone at the Carnevale?

    June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Could someone text me at[masked] and tell me where you are now?

    June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A little late, hope I can find you

    June 9, 2013

  • Rohit

    Running a bit late is there a secondary meet up spot??

    June 9, 2013

  • Lorenz L.

    Hi, in planning to arrive at around 245pm. Can I know if there is a way to meet you guys somewhere?

    June 9, 2013

  • belle

    Just to say that I will be along later and hope to find you all ! :)

    June 9, 2013

  • Rohit

    Are we meeting @ broadway stn. Or the original spot??

    June 9, 2013

  • Daniel

    Hello, I'm not sure to be there on time, please don't wait for me. I'll find you.

    June 9, 2013

  • Heather

    Can you text me so I have your number? I'm going to be there late and then I can find you. My number is[masked]

    June 9, 2013

  • Jill

    Wouldn't it be better if we meet closer to commercial dr/broadway skytrain? Venables st is like 15 blocks from skytrain.

    June 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi,

    June 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds great; I've never heard of this festival before. I hope there's masks involved.

    June 8, 2013

  • Heather

    I was looking forward to this but something just came up. I may still try and make it later on.it's not looking good. :(

    June 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi,

    June 7, 2013

  • Rita A.

    How much does it cost? It doesn't say on the site either.
    Can I have your phone number as well Akemi? my email address is [masked] or you could just send me a message on my meetup profile. Thanks! I'm super excited :D

    June 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      These things don't have a cost. It's just a street party. The only cost would potentially be for food or if they're selling anything you want to buy, but no admission.

      June 7, 2013

  • Jess

    I'm afraid I can not be there until 4:30. Could I join you guys at that time? Is it possible?

    June 7, 2013

    • Jess

      Hola! I got your number and I already sent you an email. ...Sure I'll let you know.but I'm gonna be there around 4:30 ..Thank you and see you then :)

      June 7, 2013

  • Rohit

    Any places to have a few cold ones??

    June 7, 2013

  • Francis

    can you bring a whole family with children?

    June 3, 2013

  • Gladis

    May be we can try some good gelato!

    May 30, 2013

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