Another beloved saint spurs mid-March traditions: it’s time for St. Joseph’s Tables

Mar 15, 2017 389

BY: Traci Badalucco

Green and gold T-shirts bearing, “Kiss me, I’m Irish,” fill store windows around town, waiting to be snatched up by revelers who prepare for St. Patrick’s Day, a festival now celebrated around the world. But in a country not far from Ireland, there’s a lesser-known saint with his own set of followers. Every March 19, St. Joseph’s statue is paraded through the streets of Italy to the sounds of drums and trumpets while locals watch from their balconies above.

They spend weeks leading up to St. Joseph’s Day building altars in his honor. Nearly 5,000 miles away, Italian-Americans in Kansas City have kept the St. Joseph’s day tradition of their ancestors alive.

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