The mythical etiology of the feast of Our Lady of Carmine is linked to the founding legends related to Our Lady of Carmine. According to tradition, on July 16th, 1251 the Virgin appeared to Simone Stock and gave him a scapular, saying: “Prendi, o figlio dilettissimo, questo Scapolare del tuo Ordine, segno distintivo della mia Confraternita. Ecco un...

There is a special sound that speaks of Italy, the same for thousands of years, a sound that becomes one with the country’s landscape, dotted with churches and belfries. Wherever you are, on the mountains or by the sea, the tolling of bells marks the passing of time, and walks hand in hand with people’s daily life. It’s a heavenly ding-dong that fr...

The 115th annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel runs Friday, July 20, through Sunday, July 22, in Rosebank -- where a host of Italian immigrants settled during the early part of the 1900s. The time-honored tradition is a throw back to simpler times. Coordinators continue to preserve the cherished custom that hopefully will be handed down from ge...

Hundreds of parishioners took to the streets of Columbus Park Sunday afternoon in a tradition that has been observed for decades by many Italians and Italian Americans who attend Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church: the procession of the Blessed Mother. Despite temperatures that soared into the upper 80s by early afternoon, many of the faithful followe...

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is bringing back its annual feast and carnival this month. The annual event hosted by the Pine Street church — which merged with Immaculate Conception church on North Fullerton Avenue in 2016 to form one parish, St. Teresa of Calcutta — will be held from Thursday, July 19, through Sunday, July 22. The event was put o...

Over 50 years of Italian heritage returned to Allen Street on Saturday. The Festa Di San Giacoma, which means the St. James Festival, and commonly referred to as the Italian Festival, was again kicking the smell of Italian sausage, peppers and onions throughout the city.  The St. James Parish of Jamestown has hosted the event for over 50 years and...

A few days out of the year, bands and megaphones drown out the noise of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway in a few small blocks of Williamsburg’s Streets, as 50,000+ people come together to celebrate a tradition dating back over 1000 years: The Feast of Mt. Carmel, (The Giglio Feast). While this New York City rendition is a mere 115 years old in compa...

The 22nd annual St. Theresa Feast offered Bronxites five fun-filled days of local entertainment from Wednesday, June 20 to Sunday, June 24 in Pelham Bay. The time honored neighborhood tradition featured carnival rides, game stations, music, delicious food and raffle prizes. Its final day featured the procession through the streets with the statue o...

Parishioners at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii marked two important anniversaries Sunday, June 3: Italian Republic Day, commemorating the vote in 1946 when Italy established a republic as its government, and the 30th anniversary of the death of local resident and U.S. Army Sgt. Thomas Davino, killed in action in the Vietnam War. On hand during a...

Fireworks exploded, church bells rang and patriotic music played as marchers carried a statue of San Marziale through borough streets Sunday afternoon. Approximately 200 people, including visitors from Oklahoma and Philadelphia, participated in the annual San Marziale procession under sunny, blue skies. A vast majority of the participants were Ital...