Queen & Court

Our Queen Isabella is the typical Italian-American young woman. She symbolizes our community in her dreams, ambitions, and ideals. She will represent the Columbus Day Celebration and Italian Heritage Parade and our community for the duration of the Celebration at various functions and events. 

What does it mean to be Queen Isabella?
Queen Isabella is the primary focal point of the Columbus Day Celebration. She should recognize and represent the ideals of the Italian-American community – hard work, the importance of family and religion, and a love of life. Former Queen Isabellas and their Courts look upon the experience as unforgettable and once-in-a-lifetime. Simply portraying a member of the Court lends itself to feeling regal.

How is Queen Isabella selected?
A panel of judges in an interview setting chooses Queen Isabella. They are looking for poise, personality, grace, and pride in her heritage. The outgoing court will serve until the crowning of the new queen at the Columbus Day Grand Ball in San Francisco. 

The young women were selected based on their poise, Italian Heritage enthusiasm, community involvement, and public speaking.

Who were the past Queens?

How do I become part of the Court of Queen Isabella?

The Queens Court application for the 2017-2018 is currently open.

The Queen and her court reign for one year October 2017 – October 2018

As ambassadors for our Italian Heritage, participation in civic events as well as the Italian Heritage 2017 events listed below are a requirement.

Orientation–Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Interview Day–Saturday May 13, 2017
Costume Fitting Day–TBD
Picture Day–TBD
Festa Coloniale Italiana–TBD
Fund Raising Dinner–TBD
SFGiants Italian Heritage Night–Thursday, August 31, 2017
Madonna Del Lume Mass, Blessing of the Fleet, and Parade –Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1, 2017
Italian Consulate Reception–TBD
Grand Ball–Saturday,October 7, 2017
High Mass and Italian Heritage Parade–Sunday, October 8th, 2017
Post-Parade Dinner–Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Please submit all applications on or before April 29, 2017 to: 

Any questions please contact at Cara at (650) 756-1713.

Queen’s Court Director –Cara (Zuffo) Allan
Coordinator Assistants–Nadia Giusti & Molly Leveroni

The Queen & Princess are expected to attend ALL EVENTS. 

Queen Isabella 2016-2017 – Alexandra Cotroneo
Princess – Maria Azzolino
Duchess – Caroline Cirelli Castaneda
1st Contessa – Kelly Rosanelli
2nd Contessa – Daniela Panelli 
Crown Bearer – Nina (Gumina) Rivera
Scroll Bearer – Enzo Solari 
Queen Isabella 2015-2016 – Angelina Ragusa