One of Rome’s biggest homecoming parties, the World Series of Bocce, will kick off on Friday, and Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo will be there for opening ceremonies and to see the competition that night.
Izzo has attended the ceremony and the event in each of her first two years in office, and will do so again at Friday’s 4:30 p.m. ceremonies at the Toccolana Club, 1412 E. Dominick St.
“Usually I will make a few remarks. Everyone’s ready to play by then so they don’t need to hear from me to much,” she said with a laugh.
Izzo will also attend the competition on Friday night. She’ll see teams, make sure the club’s operations are going smoothly and check to see if the city can provide help in any way.
“From an economic standpoint it’s very important event,” said the mayor. “It brings a lot of visitors to the city. It’s one of two — this and the Honor America Days parade and concert day — where you see people you haven’t seen. It’s a big reunion.”
And it means plenty of dollars spent by visitors in Rome, she said. “There are a lot of teams that come from all over, at least the NE part of the country and well up into Canada that look forward to competing year after year. It’s a great event. They stay in the hotels and frequent restaurants.”
Izzo thanked the Toccolana Club for “doing such a terrific job. The people who come from out of state are always impressed with the level of competition, the prizes and the camaraderie.”