Santa Lucia Festival is back this weekend, and in a new location

Jul 09, 2021 554

BY: Julia Bertino

After being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Omaha's Santa Lucia Italian Festival is back. For the first time in nearly two decades, the festival returns to the area of its home neighborhood this weekend. The 97th annual festival will be held near 10th & William Streets, in front of St. Frances Cabrini Church and Sons of Italy.

The festival committee was forced to move the festival from its most recent location at the Lewis & Clark Landing, due to the $300 million riverfront revitalization project. The Santa Lucia Italian Festival originated in Omaha’s Little Italy in 1925, located near 6th and Pierce streets, and is one of the Midwest’s longest running festivals. “We are extremely excited to be back in the neighborhood where it all started”, said festival president Todd Procopio.

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