Festa Italiana canceled due to coronavirus

Festa Italiana 2019
Posted at 11:59 AM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 19:27:33-04

First Summerfest gets postponed and now Festa. Organizers broke the news Tuesday that Festa Italiana 2020 will be canceled.

The Italian Community Center Board of Directors says it was the most responsible decision to cancel the festival in the midst of the global pandemic that has already closed so many other festivals and businesses.

"The coronavirus has impacted virtually every business and industry across the country," said Joseph T. Emanuele, Italian Community Center president and Festa general chairman. "The health and safety of our employees, volunteers, vendors, members and certainly our attendees are our highest priority to ensure a safe environment for everyone."

Festa will be back and better than ever in 2021, according to the Italian Community Center.

Milwaukee World Festival Inc. issued the following statement:

"In response to government mandates and the evolving situation with COVID-19, we are working closely with our partners on events scheduled at Henry Maier Festival Park during the 2020 festival season. This is an unprecedented, fluid situation which requires caution until there is a greater understanding of what dates are available for summer events."

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