More than 100 years of good Italian fun – Italian Benevolent Society of Amador County, California.
- Italian Picnic Grounds in Sutter Hill
- Amusement Rides
- Dinner Saturday Night
- BBQ Sunday Lunch
- Games, Vendors, Food, Live Music & Dancing
- 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 the Italian Picnic and Parade 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.