Thank you to our 2021 5k sponsors:

In memory of Frank and Jean Citera


Carnevale is an Italian tradition that is celebrated prior to the start of Lent. It translates "Farewell to meat". There are many meat and elaborate dishes as well as decadant traditional desserts! There are beautiful costumes adorned at feasts, parades, and parties. The traditions vary from region to region. Here are some videos that demonstrate how to make some of the delicious desserts!


La Befana has been flying around the world on her tattered broomstick to swoop down chimneys and deliver sweet or sooty judgment on girls and boys long before Kris Kringle.The witch has been in the Italian tradition at least since the eighth century, as part of the Epiphany.

In Italy, the Epiphany marks the official end of the Christmas season, commemorating the day when the three Wise Men arrived at the manger bearing gifts. Every year, the occasion is celebrated with living nativity scenes, a great procession through the city center, and - most exciting for the sweet tooths among us - the arrival of La Befana.

According to the story, the four figures' fates were intertwined when the Magi happened upon La Befana early on during their quest. She charitably hosted them for an evening in her humble but cozy cottage; the next morning, they invited her to accompany them to Bethlehem. Busy cleaning her home, La Befana declined at first - but then, after they carried on their way - she had second thoughts. She quickly filled a basket with gifts for the baby Jesus and set off alone. Although she followed the same star, she was unable to find the manger before the Wise Men did on January 6, the Epiphany.

Today, La Befana continues to travel the world on Epiphany Eve, searching every house for the child and leaving candies and chocolates for the good children - just coal for the bad - in her wake.

Click on this link to hear the story of La Befana as retold by author Tommy DePaola. Play it for your children and grandchildren. Enjoy!


We would like to thank all of the following sponsors of our Italian Festival for their support:

Entertainment Sponsors: ($500 level)

  • Investor's Bank
    Rt. 9
    Marlboro, NJ 07746
    (732) 617-7229

Ride Sponsors: ($200 level)

  • WAWA
    Rt. 9 South
    Freehold, NJ
  • Mr. Joseph Stefanelli
  • My Greener Dry Cleaner
    Rt. 79
    Marlboro, NJ 07746

Game Sponsors: ($100 level)

  • Carlo's Gourmet Pizzeria, Restaurant & Caterers
    326 Union Hill Road
    Rt 9 North
    Marlboro, NJ
    (732) 536-6070
  • Cracked Olive Market
    37 Main Street
    Holmdel, NJ
    (732) 946-4115
  • Conforti's Bakery
    632 Mantaloking Rd.
    Brick, NJ 08723
  • Deal Credit Corp. - Personal Auto Financing
    174 Main st.
    Eatontown, NJ
  • Gregory & Danett Cinque
  • Happy Cleaners
    340 Rt. 9 N (Exclusive Plaza)
    Englishtown, NJ
    (732) 617-8500
  • Janney Montgomery Scott,LLC
    (212) 829-3837
  • Jersey Lube
    380 Rt. 9 N
    Marlboro, NJ
    (732) 851-6760
  • Key Food Stores
    300 Gordon's Corner Road
    Manalapan, NJ 07726
  • Lobster House
    300 Mounts Corner Drive
    Freehold, NJ
    (732) 677-3988
  • Mr. Frank Laurciella, Accountant
    (732) 525-3191
  • Pastosa Ravioli
    Union Hill Road
    Manalapan, NJ
  • Saker Shop Rite
    922 Highway 33
    Bldg. 6 Suite 1
    Freehold, NJ
  • Wine Room
    227 Rt. 33
    Manalapan, NJ 07726
    (732) 792-7007
  • A Personal Touch Event Planning, LLC
    (732) 536-5832

Paesano of the Festival ($50 level)

  • Mario Patti
  • Bacos Pizza
    358 Mounts Corner Drive
    Freehold, NJ
  • Basiles
    536 Park Avenue
    Freehold, NJ
    (732) 866-4085
  • Bella Vista Hair & Nails
    26 Thoreau Drive
    Freehold, NJ 07728
  • DiBartolo's Quick Stop
    160 East Newmans Springs Road
    Red Bank, NJ
    (732) 224-9351
  • DNR Heating & Air
    173 Windham Way
    Freehold, NJ
    (732) 462-5213
  • Dusal's Pizzeria
    340 Union HiIl Road
    Manalapan, NJ
    (732) 536-4089
  • Figaro 2
    344 Union Hill Road
    Manalapan, NJ
    (732) 972-2600
  • Fresh Cuts Lawn
    (908) 670-4790
  • Magic Cleaner
    162 Rt 34
    Matawan, NJ
    (732) 264-9595
  • McLauglin's Auto Repair
    139 Rt. 9 South
    Marlboro, NJ
    (732) 591-0329
  • Mr. Joe Barbone
  • Mr & Mrs Albert Petruccio
  • Mr. & Mrs. Vinnie Russo
  • Mrs. Lisa Van Heet
  • Nadia's Family Hair Salon
    14 Wilson Avenue Suite 3
    Englishtown, NJ
  • Santander Bank
    345 Unio Hill Road
    Manalapan, NJ
    (732) 617-4080


  • Wegman's
    Rt. 9 S
    Manalapan, NJ
  • Whole Foods
    Rt. 9 S
    Marlboro, NJ
  • Fire Side Grill & Bar
    Rt 79
    Marlboro, NJ 07746
  • Monster Mini Golf
    Rt 9 North (Exclusive Plaza)
    Marlboro, NJ
  • The Cucciniello Family

Member jacket sale!

IAA member jackets are now available for IAA members to purchase. Please refer to the two color choices that are available and indicate your choice on your order form. Checks are made payable to the IAA of MC and mailed to: IAA of MC, P.O. Box 224, Marlboro, NJ 0746 attention: Maria Grossi.

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The Italian American Youth Group is sponsored by the Italian American Association of Monmouth County and consists of teens and young adults ages 13-20. The club promotes Italian culture, traditions and pride and provides community service and support for local charities. Check out the flier for more details.

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