October 3, 2014

Bensonhurst, Brooklyn's Feast of Santa Fortunata in Pictures

Evviva Santa Fortunata!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Last weekend (Sept. 27th–28th), members of the Società Santa Fortunata di New York celebrated the Feast of Santa Fortunata, beloved patroness of Baucina, Sicily. The two day celebration, full of pomp and pageantry, began at the society clubhouse (7701 17th Ave.) in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, and culminated with Mass at Regina Pacis Church (1230 65th St.) on Sunday. Thank you Ciro Quattrocchi and all the members of the Santa Fortunata Society for your hard work and dedication. As always, you did a magnificent job; it was an honor and a privilege to celebrate with you. Evviva Santa Fortunata! 
At the start of the procession, the Santa Fortunata Society pays their respects to the Most Holy Crucifix in front of the Carinesi DiAmerica of Brooklyn clubhouse
The color guard proudly lead the way 
Society women display the banner 
Flowers spell out Santa Fortunata
The costumed marchers reenact the life and martyrdom of Santa Fortunata 
The Tony Neglia Band 
The procession makes its way through the neighborhood
President Ciro Quattrocchi (right) enjoys the festivities with colleagues  
Legionaries take a break 
Lifters sprint towards the church
Outside Regina Pacis, devotees bring their newborns to be blessed
Members carry Santa Fortunata into the church for Mass
Afterward, we returned to the clubhouse for the party
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