Italian Market Festival set for this weekend

May 19, 2018 221

BY: Grace Maiorano

Close to a century ago, hundreds of Bella Vista neighbors, mostly first- and second-generations of Italian immigrants, started strolling South Philly streets every spring for the Procession of Saints. Holding adorned holy statues high, the parade of parishioners drew folks of all ages to a cross section of work, play and religion.

“It was this weekend of activity that really showcased the community — the fact that people lived and worked here,” said Michele Gambino, business manager of the South 9th Street Italian Market and producer of its annual spring festival. “Everybody lived here. It was their home where they raised their kids and it was also their places of their business where they worked. It’s very romantic.”

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