Fast Times At Ottawa’s Italian Week Finale Weekend!

Hey Readers!

Every year, the Italian Week is held in Ottawa with a week-long party to celebrate Italian heritage, and Preston Street becomes a a party zone for its revelers! This is their 40th year of putting together this festival.    One of the events I like to attend each year is the Saturday portion of the Finale Weekend for Italian Week.  This portion of the week-long event is also put on by the Ferrari Club of America – Ottawa Chapter.

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Under overcast skies, the kids and I ventured out to have a little fun and see some amazing cars.  We arrived on Preston Street  just in time to see Italian Car Parade.

For you car loves, there were various types of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Fiats and other cars I couldn’t recognize!  My eldest was in awe of all of them, wanting me to take pic after pic as they drove by us.  Here are just a select few of them.

Car  Collage

After the Parade finished, we found a great spot along Carling Avenue for the Preston Street BIA’s Ferrari Demo Zone.  This is where on-lookers could get their fill of fast cars zooming along a section of one of Ottawa’s busiest streets.  As you can see, my little guy was dressed for the occasion.

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Local radio personality, Majic 100’s Stuntman Stu, was on hand to host the festivities.

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Some of these cars were a part of the Italian Car Parade, while others would have had a bit of trouble going slow, as they were built for speed!

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Once the Demo Zone was over, we headed over to the the amusement park that was set up so the kids can fulfill their need for speed as well. So many of the shops and restaurants were dressed up for the occasion.

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Along the way, we stopped every minute to see so many different kinds of cars, both parked and on the move!  It was literally a car lover’s dream come true!

Preston Car Collage

We were starving, but we finally made it to the fair grounds and main stage area for the Festival.  The FIFA World Cup was playing for football lovers, while the rides were lit up and the music was pumping to get everyone in a partying mood.  We sat down to eat some choice junk food, then I bought tickets to take my younger daughter on the Merry-Go-Round.  Since she has just recently has begun to love horses, she had a ball riding on her pretty pony.  That was the case, until the ride was over, and she found out she could no longer stay on the ride.  I tried telling her that her brother should have a turn on the rides, but then he didn’t even seem interested in going on.  As my eldest walked around the fairgrounds with him, my equestrian rider and I went on the “horsy” again!

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After the rides and the junk food, I had to call an end to our time at the Italian Week Finale Weekend!  We had been away from home for over 6 hours, and it was getting late for the little ones.  As we walked home, the kids were laughing and talking about cars, ponies and food.  It was such a great day, and the imposing rain had held off!  I can’t wait to see what the Preston Street BIA will put together for next Year’s event!

I hope your inner car lover got to savour all of eye candy this post offered up, as well as the sights and fun we had at the Italian Week Finale Weekend!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Ottawa Ferrari Festival: Wheels, Wheels and More Wheels!

Hey Readers!

As I promised on my Instagram account, this is a gallery dedicated to you car lovers out there!  During the Little Italy Festival this June, the annual Ottawa Ferrari Festival took place along Preston Street, or Corso Italia.  The Ferrari Club of America, Ottawa Chapter, puts on a parade of Ferraris, as well as other fun and sporty Italian vehicles, in order to raise funds for the Villa Marconi Long Term Care Centre to further assist in the care of Ottawa’s senior citizens.  Below are just some of the vehicles shown during this festival within a festival.

This was my fav Ferrari, and it's at the beginning of this gallery!

This was my fav Ferrari, and it’s at the beginning of this gallery!

I like it in blue, too!

I like it in blue, too!

As I posted on my Instagram account, this was one of my fav new school Fiat 500s in the Parade.

As I posted on my Instagram account, this was one of my fav new school Fiat 500s in the Parade.

This old school Fiat decided to get some sun during the parade.

This old school Fiat decided to get some sun during the parade.

This Fiat was so cute!  It just had such a great look to it as it zoomed by!

This Fiat was so cute! It just had such a great look to it as it zoomed by!

This sportier Ferrari (if they can be called that since they're sport cars to begin with) was a fav of my oldest.  I had to include it in this post! She loves racing stripes.

This sportier Ferrari (if they can be called that since they’re sport cars to begin with) was a fav of my oldest. I had to include it in this post! She loves racing stripes.

The sun loved this Ferrari!  Sorry about cutting off the front of the car.  :(  I know you car enthusiasts are going to hate me for saying this, but it's just so cute and compact, I couldn't resist adding it to this post!

The sun loved this Ferrari! Sorry about cutting off the front of the car. 😦 I know you car enthusiasts are going to hate me for saying this, but it’s just so cute and compact, I couldn’t resist adding it to this post!

This is one of the many Ducatis in the parade.  It was getting a rest before the racing demos.

This is one of the many Ducatis in the parade. It was getting a rest before the racing demos.

My oldest begged me to get shots of the Ducatis since she's a fan of them, and speed, of course!  I also like them, too!

My oldest begged me to get shots of the Ducatis since she’s a fan of them, and speed, of course! I also like them, too!

This parade is one of the highlights of the Little Italy Week Festival.  It is one of the festivals I look forward to each year in Ottawa.  It brings all sorts of people together to celebrate Italian culture, there is something for everyone to enjoy during this festival, and the vehicles are always fun to look at!  If you are ever in the Capital of Canada while this festival is on, it never disappoints!

Hope you enjoyed this gallery!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.