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Hundreds of parishioners took to the streets of Columbus Park Sunday afternoon in a tradition that has been observed for decades by many Italians and Italian Americans who attend Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church: the procession of the Blessed Mother. Despite temperatures that soared into the upper 80s by early afternoon, many of the faithful followe...

Just because the temperatures are back in the 90s doesn't mean you have to hide indoors. Organizers with the inaugural Italian Heritage Summer Festival say they've got ways you can beat the heat and still enjoy the outdoors. "We're ordering more ice, " says Organizer Sos Codispoti. He says you don't have to be Italian to enjoy the day. "There's foo...

One of the most thrilling and glamorous events in the Chicago-area Italian-American community is the contest to determine who will reign as La Bella Regina of the Columbus Day Parade. “Few events in the community can match the pageantry of the annual Columbus Day Queen Contest,” says JCCIA Executive Director Jo Ann Serpico. “The queen will be the s...

Girard's Mount Carmel Festival has been a summer staple for decades. It's also a family tradition that's been passed down to generations in more ways than one. In honor of her late grandfather and father, Rene Esposito and her family continue to keep their legacy alive by spearheading the annual Mount Carmel Festival. "We knew when my father passed...

Coming off a triumphant Father’s Day weekend on Oakley Avenue, Ron Onesti is gearing up for a pair of blockbuster Italian-themed summer fests in August. Onesti Entertainment’s Oakley Avenue Festa Pasta Vino was another runaway success, attracting more than 20,000 attendees with its irresistible combination of headline entertainment, authentic cuisi...

Festa Italiana is excited to combine new selections with old favorites to this year’s festival on Milwaukee’s lakefront July 20-22, celebrating food, family and tradition. To kick off Festa week, organizers are offering a one day, $5 ticket promotion on Monday, July 16. The $5 tickets can be purchased online at www.festaitaliana.com starting at 12:...

I’ve had more than a few good cries since my father passed away in early May. He lived a long life and he was busy and robust until the end, and I’m grateful for that. But in some ways, it makes the loss even harder to bear. Tears still flow over the smallest of things, like driving to Joseph’s Finest Meats for the first time without my dad’s sausa...

When it comes to summer church festivals, longevity and tradition matter. But so does having a good time. Just ask Tom Rizzo, the longtime festival chairman at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. “As I like to say, ‘come for the cannoli, stay for the entertainment,’” he said. The parish is celebrating its 71st annual festival this weekend, an...

It’s time to celebrate the red, white and green! Pasta, opera, Sunday mass and a cannoli-eating contest are among the activities in the lineup for this weekend’s FESTA ITALIANA at Freedom Hill County Park. Food is a star of the annual festival presented by the Italian American Cultural Society, and local restaurants and vendors will be offering som...

Local and traveling artists will set up work under white tents Saturday morning for the start of Mantua’s street festival, Art on the Hill. Debbie Haylett, an oil painter and embroideress from Mantua, will arrange paintings, wine coasters, embroidered T-shirts and personalized stuffed animals and portraits along Prospect Street.  "It is special for...

Mangia! The Italian-American fest in and around Lock 3 in downtown Akron will run Thursday-Saturday. Food vendors will set up and music will include Straight On, a Heart tribute band, at 8 p.m. Thursday; Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute band, at 8:30 p.m. Friday; and a Frankie Valli tribute band at 8:30 p.m. Saturday followed by fireworks. Ac...

It was more than 60 years ago — March 27, 1956 — and my family was waiting at the Port of Palermo in Sicily to board the SS Queen Fredericka. We were emigrating to America. An official-looking man at the gate checked our papers — first those of my mother, then those of us five kids. He probably checked my papers last, since I had been crying nonsto...