Videos show how Little Italy Days has drastically changed since creation in 2000s

Aug 24, 2021 217

BY: Ryan Deto

Little Italy Days has returned after a 2020 absence caused by the COVID pandemic, and Bloomfield’s street festival is picking up right where it left off. The festival has grown massively over the years, and 2021 continues that trend with booths stretching several blocks on Liberty Avenue. Little Italy Days has become so big that some Bloomfield residents have criticized the festival for being too disruptive and not focused enough on the neighborhood's community, local businesses, and Italian heritage.

When watching videos of early days of Little Italy Days compared to the most recent festival, it becomes more clear just how much the festival has changed. Little Italy Days started in 2002 as a small community festival and a parade. It took up just a few block of Liberty Avenue, and mostly had local Italian businesses setting up shop in parking spots on the street, selling Italian food.

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