Italian Feast of SS. Crocifisso this weekend in Des Plaines

Jun 13, 2015 1362

The 19th annual Italian Feast of SS. Crocifisso will be celebrated Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14, on the grounds of Maryville Academy, 1150 N. River Road, Des Plaines. The festival is put on by people in the Chicago area who emigrated from Ciminna, a small town outside Palermo, Sicily, where it has been celebrated since 1651.

It will begin with Vespers at Marian Chapel 6 p.m. Saturday followed by live music and food. Sunday's events begin with an Italian Mass at 12:30 p.m. celebrated by the Revs. John Belmonte, John Smyth and Marco Mercado. It will be followed by a procession of the cross accompanied by the Sicilian Band of Chicago, the traditional horse parade, live music, entertainment and food. Fireworks will close out the festival.

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