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Page8 ",i  ' POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 18, 2011 Italia Unita dancing and jokes were (Photo by Valentina Oppezzo) the theme of the night, symbolizin the true meaning of Carnevale celebrated throughout Italy as well as other variations around the world. Masks, beads, costumes and the rich foods of Carnevale were ever present. Over 100 in.attendance en- joyed pasta, pork and more while being entertained by the Beverly Richard's Dance troupe and Italia Unita's artistic group led by its newest member Pascal Gangi. Italia Unita's Carnevale was inspired by Pascal Gangi, the youngest member of Italia Unita, who moved to the States from Sciacca, Sicily. Under his guidance, Pascal organized a group of friends who put together "Peppe Nappa" a paper mache motorized figure who is the prominent Carnevale figure of Sciacca, Sicily. "I grew up enjoying Carnevale in Sciacca and since my family couldn't attend this year I wanted to bring a bit of my homeland to Boston," said Pascal Gangi. Along with the fig- ure of Peppe Nappa, a photo and video demonstration of Carnevale all around Italy was presented by Pascal. A play designed by Pascal and company included his brother Dario Gangi who played the lead "Peppe Napla". In attendance was the Consul General of Italy, Boston Giuseppe Pastorelli with his wife Lilla and infant son Andrea. The event opened up with DJ Mike Lavecchia followed by the presentation of Colors by the East Boston High Jr. ROTC group and the Italian and American anthems" performed by Ross Zagami. Opening remarks led by Lisa Cappuccio and an introduction by Italia Unita board member Stephen Jones in Italian and English described the 150  Anniver- sary of the Unification of Italy and the promise of many more celebrations to come this year. On March 10, 2011 Italia Unita hosted Carnevale in conjunction with the celebration of the 150 th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy at Spinelli's in Day Square, East Boston. Fun, pranks, From left to right: Italia Unita Board, Pasquale Capogreco, Gene Schepici, Stephen Jones, CharUe Clark, Lisa Cappuccio, Neffo Cappuccio, Anna Scimemi and Pascal Gangi. Seated, I to r: Dorothy and Stephen Maio with Sal and Marie DiDomenico. Standing, 1 to r: Sal Bramante, Consul General of Italy, Boston Giuseppe Pastorelli and wife LiUa, Pamela Donnaruma and Luciano Graffeo. Maria Cabel serves a giant canoli as part of the "Peppe Nappa" skit. East Boston High Jr. ROTC presents the Colors. (Photo by Valentina Oppezzo) The Beverly Richard Dancers performing the traditional Tarantella Dance. Consul General of Italy, Boston Giuseppe Pastorelli addresses the crowd at Italia Unita's Carnevale. (Photo by Valentina Oppezzo) Peppe Nappa, played by Dario Gangi, and Pascal Gangi talk about the tradition of Carnevale in Sciacca, Sicily. (Photo by Valentina Oppezzo) Beverly Richards, owner of Beverly Richards Dance Center in East Boston, with her group of dancers getting ready to perform at Italia Unita's Carnevale. Paper mache Peppe Nappa Pep.pe Nappa making his displayed at Italia Unita's way out into the crowd. Carnevale. (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography, except where noted)