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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 24, 2012 Page7 Italia Unita ,brates Carnevale Italia Unita hosted Carnevale on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at Zumix in East Boston. This tradition has long been celebrated throughout Italy where the streets come alive with costumes, masks and masquer- ade balls. Italia Unita's version consisted of a short skit performed by Italia Unita Youth Artis- tic Director Pascal Gangi and his group which included a lovely performance by the Beverly Richards Dancers. Also on display were paper mache art made by Pascal in the form of colorful masks Italia Unita President Lisa Cappuccio, Charlie Clark and Vice-President Stephen Jones. and puppets demonstrating the Sciacca tra- dition of floats throughout the streets of Sic- ily. A video of Sciacca's famous Carnevale played throughout the event. Guests enjoyed traditional Carnvevale desserts Pignolata (a Sicilian specialty) and Chiacchiere strips of sweet pastry dough fried and coated with powdered sugar. Special thanks to Event sponsor State Representative Carlo Basile, Zumix and the Beverly Richards Dancers. For more information about Italia Unita log onto Diane Modica, Lisa Cappuccio and Italia Unita Treasurer Adelaide Guarraccino. Italia Unita board member Charlie Clark welcomes everyone. Gianni Rosa with daughter Bianca. Italia Unita Youth Artistic Coordinator Pascal Gangi (second from left) with his family. Beverly Richards Dancers Marilyn Marsiglia (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Holds Carnevale t .etebra tion Shown here are two Mt. Carmel desperados, L to R: Steve Ashcraft and Sal Giarratani mas- querading as a couple of Sicilian cowboys. by Sal Giarratani Over 70 celebrants showed up at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel's parish cen- ter to celebrate Carnevale which is the Italian ver- sion of the Marti Gras welcoming in the season of Lent. The event took place on Saturday, Febru- ary 18. There was a tradi- tional pre-Lenten dinner followed by several; hours of great dancing music. A great time was had by one and all. Many party goers wore masks and costumes. Traditional Carnevale desserts were also offered following the meal. Once again, folks lined up for a great meal as the evening began. There were plenty of seconds to be ad and no one left hungry.