88th Annual Feast of St. Rocco to be held in Malden on August 11, 12 and 13, 2017

Jul 16, 2017 143

BY: Lisa Cappuccio

On August 11, 12 and 13, Saint Rocco's Feast Association will celebrate 88 years of tradition during their annual “Grande Festa”. This annual festival celebrates Italian culture, family, and community. St. Rocco has been celebrated for 88 years in Malden where locals, past residents and visitors come together to rejoice in their community and to reminisce and keep a tradition going that could otherwise have been lost.

President Joyce Mover recalls her memories of the feast from her youth and prides herself that she is able to continue the tradition. “Things have certainly changed… people move out... our church was shuttered…the community is ever growing… yet we strive to keep St. Rocco’s feast as a way to celebrate our Italian culture, religion and love of community. We welcome everyone to join us, it’s a weekend of great fun and pride!”

Festivities begin on Friday August, 11 at 6:30PM, with the annual procession led by the statue of Saint Rocco followed by musical entertainment by the “Vinyl Groove” on stage. Local favorites, Vinyl Groove has been entertaining the Boston scene with their cover songs from the 70’s Disco, soul and funk era!

Saturday night musical group “The Reminisants” joins the stage with the cools sounds of Bobby Darin and the music you grew up on! Special appearance by comedian and Malden’s favorite Dave Russo!


On Sunday the festival honors Saint Rocco with a full procession in the streets of Malden starting at 2:00 PM. Then you will enjoy the “Keep it Real Band” performing the best cover hits!

Mix 104.1FM will be on deck handing out goodies!

Don’t forget the outstanding “home cooked” Italian food all weekend, plus amusements and games for children.

A weekend full of fun for all ages! Saint Rocco's Feast has something for everyone on August 11, 12 and 13. For more information call 781-462-5043 or email stroccomalden@verizon.net. Check the website for updates and additional information at www.saintroccosfeast.org Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/St-Rocco-Malden and follow us on Twitter @StRoccoMalden

Located on Pearl Street and Thacher Streets, Malden, MA. Festival Hours: Friday 6-11pm; Saturday 6-11pm; Sunday 1-9 PM. Parking Info: Parking around the streets of the Feast. Free/residential parking.
Located on T Route: Malden Center - Orange Line

About Saint Rocco:
Saint Rocco was born of noble parentage about 1340 A.D. in Montpellier, France. At birth it was noted that he had a red cross-shaped birthmark on the left side of his chest. As a young child, San Rocco showed great devotion to God and the Blessed mother. At an early age, his parents died leaving him an orphan under the care of his uncle, the Duke of Montpelier. Soon after, San Rocco distributed his wealth among the poor and took a vow of poverty.

About St. Rocco’s Feast
The Saint Rocco Society was founded in 1927 in Malden, Massachusetts, and the first Feast was held in 1929, 88 years ago.

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