The Italian American Heritage Festival offers delicious cuisine, top-notch performances, and games for children and adults.
The event will feature traditional and professional exhibitions, foodservice demos, competitions, live music throughout the day, children's activities, and wonderful Italian cuisine.
Some activities include an Italian vehicle show, tournaments, bouncy castles, children's games, and Italian lessons on the lawn.
This is a two-day festival honoring the Italian American community with demonstrations, activities, cuisine, music, and dancing to raise money for local charities. The event is held annually in Des Moines, IA.
The majority of Italian immigrants made their first steps on American soil on Ellis Island.
There were three great times of immigration for Italians. During the 1880s they numbered roughly 300,00 and grew consistantly. By the 1920s over 4 million people had immigranted to the United States.
By the late nineteenth century the country of Italy and their people remained far from united. Decades of civil war had left a legacy of brutality, societal disorder, and widespread poverty. In order to escape, individuals sought refuge in a new land.
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