August 30, 2016

Evviva Santa Rosalia! A Look at the 41st Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Evviva Santa Rosalia!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Thanks to Santa Rosalia Committee Chairman Enzo Venuto and organizers, President Lucrezia Nardulli and members of Associazione Culturale Pugliese Figli Maria SS. Addolorata, and all the participants for making this year's feast a huge success. Evviva Santa Rosalia!
(Left) Enzo Venuto, Lucrezia Nardulli, Frank Naccarato, this year's Grand Marshal Carlo Lauricella, Angelo Timoneri and friends with our beloved patroness. (Right) Efforts were made to raise money for the earthquake victims in Italy
God bless the Associazione Culturale Pugliese Figli Maria SS. Addolorata for their continuous support and dedication to our community. I'm proud to be a member!
Sunday's procession makes its way down 18th Avenue
Members of the Associazione Culturale Pugliese Figli Maria SS. Addolorata carry a banner promoting their Feast at St. Athanasius Church on September 11th
The color guard show their enthusiasm  
(Above and Below) A sea of black and gold lined Bay Ridge Parkway
Devotees sing and pray as they march
President Lucrezia Nardulli with Gabriella Parente
and Vice President Josephine DiDonna
(Above and below) It was great to see so many children
participate in this year's procession
(Left) This lucky fella had the best seat in the house.
(Right) Vittoria Cirigliano, Regina Figli Maria SS. Addolorata
Participants gather at St. Dominic's Church (2001 Bay Ridge Pkwy) for Mass
Proud Nonna Lucy Spata (Left) and Grand Marshal Carlo Lauricella (Right) surrounded by some of their many admirers 
(Left) Newly restored statue on float with flowers.
(Right) During Mass the statue is placed beside the altar
The Metropolitan Festival Band
The bandiera del Regno delle Due Sicilie catches the breeze
Special thanks to Villabate Alba Pasticceria for providing refreshments for the marchers. Every year they go above and beyond with their generosity
I enjoyed a classic Arancini (rice ball) and...
...a cannoli, a Villabate Alba specialty
Afterward, Lucrezia, Oronzo and I joined Pio and Joe for some wine and sfincione outside Caffe Italia (6921 18th Avenue)