October 16, 2018

Celebrating the 119th Annual Feast of San Gerardo Maiella in Newark, New Jersey (Part 1)

The Procession and Fairground
Evviva San Gerardo! 
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
A Look at Saturday’s 119th Annual Feast of San Gerardo Maiella at St. Lucy’s Church, the National Shrine to St. Gerard, in Newark, New Jersey. (See Part 2, The "Italian Cathedral")
Devotees pin donations onto the statue
The church was filled with votive candles 
(Above & below) After Mass, the procession departs the church
(Above & below) To the delight of the expectant crowd,
San Gerardo emerges from St. Lucy's with great fanfare
The LaRocca family makes a generous offering
(Above & below) The statue is covered with donations
Members of the St. Rocco Society of Potenza in New York City
and the St. Joseph Society of Lodi, New Jersey show their support
The Metropolitan Festival Band
Boy Scouts carry the flags at the head of the procession 
(Above & below) The procession makes its way from the fairgrounds
Always great to see our buddy Frankie at Buon Antipasto
We made new friends at Avellino's Pizza
Large blankets of money are made to wrap around the statue 
Carnival games for the kids
Before leaving, I inhaled a delicious hot sausage and peppers sandwich