The news was announced by the president of the Italian National Day Celebrations Committee, John Caputo, who confirmed the participation of The Hon. John Howard at the official commemoration of the 59th anniversary of the foundation of the Italian Republic, which will be held at Wharf 8 of King Street Wharf.

Representing the Premier of NSW, Bob Carr, will be the Minister of Health, The Hon. Moris Iemma, alongside many other state and federal politicians.

The occasion has been celebrated in our city for more than 23 years, and celebrations will begin at 9:00 am with a mass in St Mary’s Cathedral.

Mass will be followed by a parade to the War Memorial Monument in Hyde Park, where the Consul General Antonio Verde and Caputo will crown the soldiers.

The celebrations will then move to Wharf 8 in Sussex Street, in the precinct of King Street Wharf, where stalls will be selling food and artisanal Italian objects from noon.

At 2:30 pm, the opening of the official ceremony will take place, with the participation of Italian and Australian authorities and state and federal parliamentary representatives.

Then at 3:30 pm, there will be a lively music concert, with the participation of the Sydney Symphony Brass Ensemble, Gaetano Bonfante, Fiorentino Mannino and Ross Maio, accompanied by the orchestra of Nick Bavarelli and other artists.

Roberto Scarselletta will once again be The Master of Ceremonies.

The celebrations will conclude at 7:30 pm with fireworks by the company Foti.

Anyone who is interested in organising a stall is asked to contact the event’s treasurer, Luigi Stivala, on (02) 9533 3179.

The event is organised by the Italian National Day Celebrations Committee under the auspices of the Consulate of Italy in Sydney.