St. Philip Neri Italian Festival

May 19-21, 2022

Events

2022 CHILDREN’S BENVENUTI PARADE 

During the 2022 Italian Festival’s Children’s Benvenuti Parade, we will continue the tradition of having children (through age 12) march in their favorite costumes.  All children participating in the parade will receive a goodie bag. 

KICK-OFF FOR THE FESTIVAL FUN ZONE

On Friday, May 20 at 6:00 pm, the Benvenuti Parade kicks off the opening of the Festival Fun Zone.  Let the games and fun begin! The children will assemble in the Festival Fun Zone at 5:45 pm and receive a blessing from our pastor. The parade begins at 6:00 pm. The parade will march through the festival grounds, ending at the outside main stage where the judging will occur for prizes. Winners will be chosen and the 2022 Prince and Princess Benvenuti will be crowned for the best overall costumes.

The Royal Capes will adorn the newest royalty – the Prince and Princess Benvenuti 2022. After photographs, the capes will be returned to the “vault” for safe-keeping for next year’s royal winners.

After the winners are chosen, the parade will march to the Festival Fun Zone to enjoy the games and activities.

COSTUME CATEGORIES & PRIZES

Costumes and decorated entries (wagons, bikes and strollers) will be judged in this year’s 3 categories

  • Saints/Biblical Figures
  • Super Silly
  • That’s Italian!

Prizes awarded for:

  • Best “Saints/Biblical Figures” Costume
  • Best “Super Silly” Costume
  • Best “That’s Italian” Costume
  • Best Decorated Entry
  • Prince & Princess Benvenuti for Best Overall Boy & Best Overall Girl Costumes

We hope you’ll dress up in one of the 3 categories to join the 2022 Children’s Benvenuti Parade!

Participation is free

Be sure to register and participate in the Children’s Benvenuti Parade. All dressed-up participants (ages 12 and under) will receive a Festival Fun Zone wristband good for Friday night, May 20th only. Online registration is encouraged but not mandatory for participation. Click on the button below to register.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact: Parade Coordinator l Carrie Seekings | momof6insc@gmail.com

 

FESTIVAL LOCATION

In Fort Mill

Saint Philip Neri Church
292 Munn Road East
Fort Mill, SC 29715
803.548.7282

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Festival Hours

Thursday, May 19
5 pm – 9 pm

Friday, May 20
11:30 am – 1:30 pm & 5 pm – 10 pm

Saturday, May 16
11 am – 8 pm