Kicking off with a procession down Main Street featuring a statue of patron St. Liberata, the 51st Annual Italian Feast of Saint Liberata took place Saturday, September 8th. Patchogue resident Lou Giordano was honored as the 2018 Italian American of the Year.
The St. Liberata feast began in Patchogue in 1923 by Italian immigrant Carmine Bianco, whose prayers to St. Liberata for recovery from an illness were answered. In thanks, Mr. Bianco formed the Society of St. Liberata, holding a feast day celebration each Labor Day Weekend on Waverly Avenue.. Replete with food, refreshments, entertainment, each year the feast became an important and enjoyable weekend that all members of the Patchogue community looked forward to. As time went on, however, the original field where the feast was held no longer available and the feast was eventually discontinued in 1962. It wasn’t until 1996, through the efforts of Mr. John Ferrante, that the feast was brought back to life, fast becoming a Patchogue tradition once more.
Click here to read more on the history of the feast. Or check out our gallery below to see some of the celebration right in town!