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Italian Day on the Drive! (physical meetup)

  • Jun 9, 2013 · 1:30 PM


Here is the official schedule for you to plan your day at the Carnival and where and when to take photographs.  So far we have no member wanting to re-group at 3pm.  After the initial meeting at 1st ave alley (east of Commercial Drive), the party is on ....

Stage 1 Itinerary (At 2nd Ave)

12:00 – 12:55 Opening Ceremony

01:00 – 1:30 City Opera

01:45 – 2:50 Gianni Fuoco

03:30 – 4:30 Federico Fuoco & Fire

05:00 – 5:30 Jacqueline Conoir Fashion Show

05:45 – 5:55 Frankie Cena

06:00 – 7:00 Carmelina Cupo


Stage 2 Itinerary (At Grant St)

01:00 – 1:20 Famee Furlane Dancers

01:25 – 1:40 Trevigiano – Veneto Children’s Choir

01:45 – 2:10 Coro Folcloristico Trevigiano – Veneto

02:15 – 2:45 Langley Ukelele Ensemble

02:55 – 3:35 Pasta Eating Contest

03:50 – 4:20 Pizza Tossing Contest

04:25 – 4:35 Antonio Larosa

04:40 – 5:05 Vancouver Italian Folk Chorus

05:10 – 5:25 Stephen Scaccia

05:30 – 5:45 Mariah Crudo

05:50 – 6:15 Watermelon Eating Contest

06:30 – 7:15 Grape Stomping Contest



Cooking Demonstration (at Graveley St)

1:30 Nick Grant – Fritole (Carnival Donuts)

3:00 Peppe Gioe – Fusilli Carbonara

4:30 Nevada Cope – Fritelle di Riso (Carnival Rice Fritters)

6:00 Romy Prasad – Hand Made Gnocchi Pomodoro


Music Tent 1 – Lou Marocco & Vic Mazzei

(between William St and Charles St)

Music Tent 2 – Other Music Guests (2016 Commercial Dr)

Merchants' booth and displays, and food carts/services will be everywhere on Commercial Drive.

For a complete list, check here


The classic annual event "Italian Day on the Drive" is Sunday June[masked], from 12 - 8 PM, on Commercial Drive from Parker to E 4th AVE will be closed to traffic for the street party!

This year THEME - Venice Carnival

Here are the highlights for you to photograph (as always be respectful to your subjects) :

1 The street will be transformed into "Little Italy" with everything Italian : food, music, fashion show, folkloric dance, classic cars, vespas and more.

2 There will be two main stages : live music, folkloric dance, fashion and contests throughout the day.

3 Demonstrations by four well known Vancouver chefs

3 By popular demands are Italian-inspired food contests: grape stomping, pizza tossing, pasta and watermelon eating.

4 Music includes showman Federico Fuoco, international singer/songwriter Carmelina Cupo and Langley’s youth Ukulele Ensemble.

5 Britannia Community Centre, a ‘Little Italy’ Kids Zone in Grandview Park has crafts and carnival rides, and a bocce court on 3rd Avenue.

6 Look for traditional Venetian carnival masks, decorations and costumed street entertainers

and whatever you could discover .....



You submit at least two photos from each of the six categories from above.  There will be opportunities for different styles and compositions.  As usual, constructive critics are always welcome.


Parking is limited, so be prepared to walk at least two blocks to our meeting point or take the transit to Broadway Station, bus will be detoured thru Victoria Drive.

There will be many people (estimated 100,000) on the streets, we will meet briefly as a group, then enjoy your party and photo shooting in your small groups or on your own schedule and pace.


Where are we meeting ? At SE corner of Commercial and E 1st Ave, there is a red building and a business named Red Burrito; further east on E 1st Ave, there is an alley, some parking stalls beside the alley, and the start of residential units. We will meet on the sidewalk near the first residential unit at 1:30 pm and begin at 1:40pm; if you came late, just jump into festivals.










We will begin the meetup heading South to Stage 1 and walk down to 4th Ave, then if those want to re-group, we will continue North after 3 pm.


for those not familiar with the area, E 1st Ave is a major street that is not closed to traffic. Streets north of E1st are in names, streets south of E 1st are in ascending numbers.


Locations of Stage 1 and 2 are based on previous years. From A to B, the distance is 1-km.


Rest of the venues you have to discover them along Commercial Drive.


....... Have Fun.







Please note there is no restriction on how many guests you bring, only those RSVP members could post photos; otherwise you are welcome to bring friends and families.

Thanks for coming and hope you have wonderful time

For those interested to go on your own, there is also Car Free Day on Commercial Drive and Main St on June 16.

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  • Victor

    Excellent venue! Lots of photo opportunites!!

    June 12, 2013

  • Andrew P

    I enjoyed it. How do I upload images?

    June 11, 2013

  • Argun T.

    Due to the unbearable crowd/lameness proportion I am walking away

    June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry will have to cancel this time around.

    June 9, 2013

  • robert

    called to work

    June 8, 2013

  • Andrew P

    Where do we meet? Time?

    June 8, 2013

  • Andrew P

    I will be there!

    June 8, 2013

  • Alan M.

    last minute holiday in NYC

    June 6, 2013

  • Peter H.

    A description of what this is about and approximately where it will be would be helpful! :)

    June 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's all listed above, no? :-) Also check, out­alian-day

      June 4, 2013

    • Peter H.

      Grazie! :)

      June 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys ... I've signed up for two Photowalks (two different Meet Up Groups) for this event on the same day -- but they're at slightly different times. I have a basketball final on Sunday afternoon, so as soon as I know what time that is, I'll change my RSVP for one of the Photowalks (to "no") to allow someone else a place on the list :-)

    June 4, 2013

  • Paul D.

    Sounds different and fun

    May 26, 2013

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