Ever since 1898 the annual celebration of the Feast of the Assumption has been the highlight of the Italian-American community in Cleveland’s Little Italy. Occurring in August to coincide with Aug 15, the Catholic feast day of the Assumption of Mary into heaven, the celebration continues for a four-day weekend. In Italy it’s known as Ferragosto..in Little Italy it’s known as The Feast.
Although the procession venerating the Blessed Virgin through the streets following a solemn Mass at Holy Rosary Church wasn’t going to occur until Monday, the actual feast day, I went to Little Italy on Saturday night with my brother to experience the myriad of street vendors selling everything from pizza, sausage, pasta, Italian ice, pastries, and steamed clams.
Live music was also a major attraction at the Feast. And despite the rain, we had a great time!
The atmosphere was festive with Italian flags and outdoor food of all kinds.
The hand-painted murals on the wall tell a story in pictures of this community where my ancestors originally lived after their immigration into this country from Italy in the early years of the 20th century.
I wish I had more time here but I know I’ll be back. The sense of community is strong here and I loved being able to experience it!
Have you been to Little Italy in Cleveland? I’d love to hear about your experience so please leave a comment.
Grazie and Ciao.
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