This Saturday September 7th, Patchogue celebrates the 52nd year of the Italian Feast of Saint Liberata. This year honors 2019 Italian American of the Year Grace Rizzi-Gallipoli. 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 celebration and day of feast each Labor Day Weekend on Waverly Avenue. Filled with food, refreshments, and entertainment, each year the feast became an important and enjoyable weekend that all members of the Patchogue community could look forward to.
This year’s event starts at 12pm, with the traditional procession starting in front of the Suffolk County District Court and the official ceremony will be held at 12:45 p.m. on the Four Corners. All money pinned to the St. Liberata statue will be donated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Saint Frances de Sales Outreach. A rain date has been set for Saturday, September 21st.
There are tons of family-friendly festivities scheduled, including a classic Italian car show, the annual bocce ball tournament, a “Vino in the Village” wine tasting walk, zeppole eating contest, and more! For the kids there is children’s karaoke, a magician, dunk tank, and bounce houses. Live music throughout the festival will be performed by the Giglio Italian Marching Band, John Sirianni and Killin Time, Nino – Songs of Sinatra and Friends, Carmelo Raccuglia, the Italian Singer and Tony Grant.
For more information, check out the official event page on Facebook, call 631-207-1000 or email info@Patchogue.com.