77th Anniversary of the Republic of Italy Celebration

On June 2, the Consulate of Italy in Detroit hosted a celebration to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the Republic of Italy. Consul Allegra Baistrocchi and her staff welcomed almost 500 invited guests to The Eastern, in Detroit’s historic Eastern Market, an homage to the rich Italian immigrant community of centuries past. The highlight of the evening was when Consul Baistrocchi received a proclamation by the city of Detroit, “that the second of June will forever be known as Italian National Day.” J.J. Velez presented the proclamation on behalf of Mayor Mike Duggan and the Detroit City Council. // Photographs by Patrick Gloria