Heritage Celebrations

Italian Heritage Reception 2019

October 10, 2019

While reminiscing on the memories of his Aunt Yola who immigrated as a child and was made fun of by other children due to her speaking differently and her food being different, Mayor Bill de Blasio shared with the audience, “She said my grandfather told her to be proud that you are an Italian, to be proud of our heritage and all we have contributed to.”

Remarks were also delivered by First Lady Chirlane McCray, Consul General Francesco Genuardi, and honoree, Tony Danza.

Program Participant:

  • Francesco Genuardi, Consul General, Consulate General of Italy in New York


  • Tony Danza, Actor

Community Engagement Partner:

  • Anheuser-Busch


  • The National Italian American Foundation
  • Carroll Gardens Association, Salvatore "Buddy" Scotto, Founder

Live Entertainment:

  • I Giullari Di Piazza
  • Mary Spencer Knapp, Accordionist
  • Police Athletic League (PAL) Cops and Kids Chorus

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