August 7, 2013

A Look at the 10th Annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Bergen Beach, Brooklyn

Evviva Maria!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
The Feast of the Madonna del Carmine at Saint Bernard's Church in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn culminated on Sunday with Mass and a procession through the neighborhood. The four day celebration was jam-packed with great entertainment, delicious southern Italian delicacies, and amusing games and rides for the children. 

Each Feast is special in its own way, but what I really enjoyed the most about this one was the traditional dances from Calabria. It's not every day I get to see the tarantella calabrese performed live, and the fact that it was done by partygoers and not professional dancers made it all the more special.
Neapolitan tenor Antonio Guarna sings a fabulous rendition of Ave Maria
After Mass, Most Reverend Raymond Chappetto
and the clergy begin the procession
The Giglio Band leads the parade
Participants had a great time
Wending our way through the neighborhood
After the procession members of the Gioiosa Marina Social Club
pose for a picture with Bishop Chappetto
Above and below: Menfolk perform the viddaneddha,
a traditional dance of Marina di Gioiosa Ionica 
Women and children join in the fun 
Several variations of the tarantella were on display 
The festivities continued into the night
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