St. Mary’s Feast is being celebrated in Cranston for the 112th consecutive year with music, food, games, fireworks, and, of course, prayer.
Festa di Maria Della Civita, the five-day feast will begin Wednesday, July 19, 2017, and runs through Sunday, July 23, 2017. The location is 15 Phenix Avenue – Cranston, RI 02920, in the Knightsville neighborhood. The festival celebrates a reported miracle in the Italian town of Itri in 796. A deaf-mute shepherd found a painting of the Madonna on Mount Civita, came down to the village, and spoke for the first time.
“The people had a celebration,” says Frank Manzi, treasurer and past president of the St. Mary’s Feast Society.
“From that point on, they conducted a celebration every year and still do. When they immigrated to this country, they brought that tradition.”
And you don’t mess with tradition. As usual, the festival features an outdoor Mass on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by a candlelight procession. There’s a Mass on Sunday at 10 a.m., followed by another procession, larger than the first, with floats and a statue of the Madonna. And on Sunday at 10 p.m., there are fireworks.
“We don’t like to make many changes. If we did, it would be like a revolution, especially with the oldtimers.”
For most of the 40,000 people who attend the festival, it’s all fun. But for those who put on the festival, it’s more than that. It’s a homecoming.
“It brings people back. The early immigrants had children who became educated and moved out of the neighborhood. No matter where they go, they always join again during the festival. They all return.”
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