Day 2 packed: Little Italy's Feast of the Assumption

Day two of the Feast of the Assumption in Little Italy showed large crowds as more came out to begin their weekend and celebrate the Italian and Catholic holiday on Cleveland's East Side.

Those who came enjoyed the pasta or cavatelli and meatballs, said to be the traditional meal for the Feast of the Assumption.  There was also gelatos and cannoli's.

"I love it, I love it, I like the crowds, I like the affair, I love the food," said Jim Rich.

"I love eating, I love the food," said others.

Restaurants were packed Friday it what is one of their busiest times of the year. Only the best was made for those participating. But for the owners, many of them second and third-generation Italian families in Cleveland, say their best food is also part of the offering.

"It's, in honor of our Blessed Mother, all about coming together for her, in honor of her, with food friendship and togetherness," said Maureen Sidari, she and her husband own Angelo's Nido Italia on Mayfield Rd.

Their celebration circles around the religious holiday that is in part, celebrating the Virgin Mary going to Heaven with her son. The August 15 th holiday is a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Faith, a tradition Salvatore Bellante is teaching his children about by bringing them to the feast and festival.

He stood by his young son and daughter as they recited the rosary, and then knelt down to pray in front of the statue of the Virgin Mary, outside of the Holy Rosary Church on Mayfield.

Talking to the importance of sharing his traditions with his children, Bellante said, "You know I grew up coming down here every year since I was a little kid and it's great, watching the kids know what I know, do what I did and you know they have a blast.  You know, they know a lot of people like I do now and I'm comfortable in these streets.  The kids have fun and we just enjoy it," said Bellante.

Saturday, August 17 th, the feast's festivities will last from noon until midnight with entertainment scheduled for in between. 

Sunday, August 18 th, the feast's four day celebration will end beginning with a Candlelight Procession at 7 p.m. Fireworks will follow until 11 p.m.

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