On Saturday March 2nd 2019 CIAO St. Louis held a very successful 2nd Annual Carnevale Grand Masquerade Ball, a formal event; black tie optional or Masquerade in the style of Venice’s Carnevale celebration! Guests were treated to a welcoming cocktail reception with live music and a live traveling Champagne carrier, appetizers and drinks. As the Grand Ballroom opened the guests discovered lavish Venetian dining stations, premire open bar with signature drinks and lce Scupture luge. Emcee Jay DiMaggio introduced Rain Stippec and Paige Walden-Johnson from Community Arts St Louis, and later introduced former Miss Italian St Louis’ Elizabeth DiMaggio and Christina Bartels.  Also on stage was a large ongoing movie display of Venice in full Carnevale along with Ashley’s Aerialists performing non-stop silk acrobatics and Dance Productions Unlimited modern dance show. Music filled the air and the costumed guests filled the dance floor throughout the night!

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The Italian American Bocce Club

Marianna Vitale and Lynne-Dale Biondo

Rio/Marianna Vitale, Matthew/Becca Vitale, Robert/Marissa Fraraccio Andrew Vitale

Some of the Board Members of CIAO STL

Former Miss Italian St. Louis-Elizabeth DiMaggio, Christina Bartels, Jay DiMaggio

Dancing the night away

Line dancing

Elegant Carnevale on the dance floor!


Paul April and Loretta Vitale April, Secretary Ciao St Louis

Marianna Vitale and Lynne-Dale Biondo

Ashley’s Aerialists

Dance Productions Unlimited

Ashley’s Aerialists