September 25, 2013

A Look at the 2013 Feast of San Donato, Montclair, New Jersey

Viva San Donato!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Some pix from Sunday's (Sept. 22nd) 3rd Annual Feast of San Donato di Arezzo at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (94 Pine St.) in Montclair, New Jersey. The Feast was organized by the Saint Donato Society of Montclair, New Jersey.
The procession makes its way through the neighborhood 
It was great to see some youth pitch in
President Dan Arminio pins donations to the statue outside Caffe Marzullo
Cousin Mike leads the way 
Once again Danny Vecchiano and the Giglio Band
show why they're among the best festival bands
Another look at San Donato 
A close up of the holy relic 
Returning to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church 
An outdoor shrine dedicated to San Donato
was set up in the church parking lot

September 24, 2013

A Look at the 2013 Feast of the Madonna Addolorata di Castelpetroso in Nutley, New Jersey

Viva Maria!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Some pix from Sunday's (Sept. 22nd) 22nd Annual Feast in Honor of Maria SS. Addolorata (Our Lady of Sorrows) at Holy Family Church (28 Brookline Ave.) in Nutley, New Jersey. The Feast was organized by the Societa' Oriundi Castellani.
After Mass, the procession made its way through the neighborhood
The color guard leads the way
Participants carry the standards of the Societa' Oriundi Castellani
and Madonna delle Lacrime di Siracusa
Devotees set up shrines along the procession route 
Msgr. Paul L. Bochicchio offers benediction during the parade 
A spectacular fireworks show at Booth Park
Another look at the procession 
The Tony Neglia Band
Afterward, we returned to the church fairgrounds for a bite to eat
A look at Holy Family Church

September 23, 2013

A Look at the 2013 Feast of Padre Pio in Tuckahoe, New York

Viva San Pio!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Generoso Pope Place was the place to be Saturday night. My friends and I made the trip to Tuckahoe, New York to celebrate the Annual Padre Pio Feast outside the Generoso Pope Foundation. Needless to say, a great time was had by all.
A large crowd turned out to celebrate the Feast
and enjoy the fantastic weather, delicious food and live entertainment
Speaking of live entertainment, singer-songwriter Sam DeRosa and Mike Squillante got the party started with their upbeat, catchy pop melodies
Angelo Venuto & Voices brought down the house
with their popular blend of Italian and American rock standards

September 21, 2013

A Look at NYC's 87th Annual San Gennaro Feast

Viva San Gennaro!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
I made my annual pilgrimage to Most Precious Blood Church in Little Italy on Thursday (Sept. 19th) for the Feast of San Gennaro. As always, I had a great time with good friends. The atmosphere was festive and the food was delicious. It was a wonderful opportunity to venerate our great patron. Viva San Gennaro! 
Leaving Most Precious Blood Church 
Soprano Cristina Fontanelli sang a glorious rendition of Ave Maria during Mass
The procession crawls along bustling Mulberry Street
Members of the Saint Anthony Society of Giovinazzo help carry the saint 
Briganti from Naples joined in the celebration 
The Red Mike Festival Band
Festive lights line the streets of Little Italy

September 18, 2013

A Look at the 6th Annual Festa di Maria S.S. Addolorata, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Evviva Maria!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Sunday, hundreds of devotees from around the tri-state area converged on Bensonhurst, Brooklyn for the Sixth Annual Feast of the Madonna Addolorata at Saint Athanasius Church. Celebrants made their way through the neighborhood singing hymns and invoking the Blessed Mother's intercession and protection.

Sponsored by the Associazione Culturale Pugliese Figli Maria S.S. Addolorata, the celebration was a grand expression of faith and devotion in our Celestial Mother, Our Lady of Sorrows, patroness of Mola di Bari. 

As always, President Lucrezia Nardulli and society members deserve our thanks and praise for their hard work and dedication. They do an incredible job preserving our Southern Italian culture and traditions.
An explosion of confetti greets the Madonna outside Saint Athanasius Church 
Sunday was a picture-perfect day for a procession
(Above and below) The society's pride and joy
(L-R) President Lucrezia Nardulli and Vice President Josephine DiDonna 
(L-R) Last year's Grand Marshals Michael and Angela Stephan join 2013 Grand Marshals Vanna and Giuseppe Marinelli, and President Lucrezia Nardulli
(Above and below) Members of the Figli Maria S.S. Addolorata
sing devotional hymns in honor of the Blessed Mother
Tony and Son's Festival Band lead the way
The procession makes its way through the neighborhood 
Outdoor shrines were set up along the parade route
Flag twirlers enliven the procession
Another look at the procession 
After Mass, the party moved to the St. Athanasius Auditorium.
During the awards ceremony several members were recognized
for their outstanding contributions to our community 
The celebration lasted into the night with plenty of food, music and dance