|Italian Picnic and Parade
May 30, 31, June 1: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
More 100 years of good Italian fun – Italian Benevolent Society of Amador County, California. Italian Picnic Grounds in Sutter Hill and Main Street Sutter Creek for the Parade. Always the FIRST SUNDAY OF JUNE.
In Gold Country, they really know how to put on a party. Food, carnival, live band, dancing, and games. Bocce ball for a buck. Friday night is kids’ night and Saturday is our Italian dinner at 6 pm. The Grand Parade will be in downtown Sutter Creek on Sunday at 10:30 am. Bocce Tournament Sunday afternoon.
Since 1882, the society has hosted its Italian Picnic and Parade on the first Sunday in June. And what a parade it is. The march down 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 – but more about that later.
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 accoutrements – long horns, flags, water guns, 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. You can be part of the action yourself if you jump into your car and follow the pooper-scoopers behind the parade up the hill about 1 mile to the Italian picnic grounds.