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Our biggest neighborhood bash, Ferragosto will go out in style for its sixth and final year on Saturday, August 17, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight in our beloved Amici Park! Recognized as the largest themed Italian-American gala in the country, this year’s theme, “Pirates Invade Sicily” will bring even more surprises than ever before. Get ready for a shipload of fun, while raising for three community non-profit groups—Washington Elementary School Foundation, Our Lady of the Rosary Church and the Little Italy Association.

Join us for the greatest Ferragosto adventure yet! Ferragosto has a little something for everyone, including plenty of food from the Pirate Castle, well poured drinks, pirate-themed pageantry, a cigar and rum lounge, live music and entertainment, a full casino and more! If you’re feeling brave, test your luck at the Davey Jones Locker Casino for a chance to take home the pirate’s booty or enter the mechanical bull contest! Guests can also participate in the raffle for an opportunity to win a trip to the mother country or the cash jackpot.

There will be entertainment galore all night long including two live bands that will get attendees up on their feet! Dance the night away with the high-kick’n pirate gals and join the line dancing fun. Guests can also expect amazing food from 18 of Little Italy’s favorite restaurants—including hors d’oeuvres, signature dishes, drinks, cocktails and desserts. A few participating restaurants include Civico, Davanti Enoteca, Queenstown, Monello Italian Restaurant, Blade 1936 and much more! There will also be treats from Pappalecco, Caffe Italia and Galasso’s Bakery.

The fundraising event which began in 2008, has made a tremendous impact on the Little Italy community. Over the last ten years, Ferragosto has raised $2 million for historical preservation, youth programs and school scholarships! As we end the final year, we hope to bring the community together for one last hurrah to celebrate our cultural identity and the neighborhood’s growth over the years.

Unique to any gala event, Ferragosto doesn’t have a dress code, so wear your favorite Pirate costume or come as you are—dressed in cocktail or summer attire. Previous Ferragosto themes have included “When in Rome,” “Venetian Masquerade,” “The Roaring 20s,” “Pompeii,” and “Wild, Wild, Western.”

Tickets to the finale, Ferragosto’s Pirates Invade Sicily start at $125 for single tickets and $1,250 for a table—upgraded VIP prices are also available. For more information about the event and tickets, visit www.ferragostosd.org. Valet parking is available.