SAN FRANCISCO — Local Steve Firpo goes to Giants games at least once a month and has been coming to the Italian Heritage Night since it began 10 years ago.
“My heritage is important to me,” Firpo said. He came to the game with 30 of his family members, sitting in an area designated for the heritage night, along with the other participants.
“My sister is with us tonight, and my brother is here somewhere. It’s definitely a family night,” said Davina Rossi, a Bay Area native. She came to the game with her Italian women’s club, Le Donne d’Italia, an offshoot of the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club.
Le Donne d’Italia performed on the field prior to the game dancing the tarantella, a traditional Italian dance.
“I’m having a good old time. The view’s great. I don’t know what’s going on with the game, but who really cares,” said Christine Vota, a member of Le Donne d’Italia.
During the first part of the game, employees set up a table to hand out Italian themed Giants shirts included in the participants’ ticket price. Ticket proceeds were to benefit San Francisco’s Museo Italo Americano. A pre-game cultural celebration, Festa Italiana, took place at Seals Plaza.
“It was definitely worth it. It’s always fun, and it’s a beautiful park,” Vota said.