August 31, 2016

Evviva San Rocco! A Look at the 2016 Festa di San Rocco in Astoria, Queens

Evviva San Rocco!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
On Saturday, August 27th we celebrated the Festa di San Rocco in Astoria, Queens. Thank you President Vincenzo Carpinelli and all the members of Societá Gioventú Quagliettana for your hard work and dedication. As always, it was a great pleasure to be a part of your special day. Special thanks to Tina and Gerardo Carpinelli for your extraordinary warmth and hospitality. I was deeply touched to have been chosen to be a gift bearer (I've never had the privilege before) and bring forward the wine during the offertory. This remarkable honor added another fantastic memory to the already memorable day. Evviva San Rocco!
Flags and standard added pomp and pageantry to the celebration 
(Above & below) The procession makes its way to Saint Joseph's Church
(Above & below) Devotees carry votive candles
Young ladies carry offerings for the church
Children learning to love their cultural traditions
Rev. Cesar Peña and Rev. Vincent F. Miceli with the relic of St. Rocco
Outside the church, ladies pray and sing devotional hymns to San Rocco
(Left) The statue is carried into St. Joseph's for Mass.
(Right) The statue is placed beside the altar
After celebrating Mass, participants depart from the church
(Above & below) The procession heads back to the clubhouse
(Above & below) Members take turns carrying the candle house (cinte)
A good time was had by all
Michael Aromando and The Metropolitan Festival Band
(Above & below) Back at the clubhouse ladies sing a hymn to San Rocco