The Italian Cultural Institute of Louisville, Inc. (ICI) presents the seventh annual Carnevale Celebration on Tuesday, February 12, 6:30-9:00 p.m., at the Louisville Boat Club, 4200 River Road, Louisville.
Guests are encouraged to wear masks or costumes to experience Italy's famous celebrations.
This event includes musical entertainment by the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra.
A wine bar and antipasti will prepare the palate for the dessert tables filled with an array of treats straight from "nonna's" secret recipes.
In Italy, the term "Carnevale" refers to the period between Epiphany (Jan. 6) and Ash Wednesday (40 days before Easter).
Quite a few Italian cities have Carnevale events throughout that period, especially with parades on Sundays.
Venetian Carnevale celebrations, probably the best known by Americans, go on for several days, with parades, fashion shows, art shows, plays, musical events and countless parties and balls.
Martedi grasso is the last day for several bashes before the Lenten season.
A special guest at the Louisville event will be Paola DeMarco, the Fashion Institute of Technology (NYC) student who won ICI's new $1,000 Carnevale Costume Design competition.
DeMarco's design is being used to advertise Carnevale and as the centerpiece of a limited edition of mini posters and other products that will help support ICI projects.
Carnevale is open to the public for $20 per person, or $15 for ICI members.
Advance registration and payment required.
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