Italian Festa Celebrates 123rd Year in New Haven, CT

Jun 25, 2023 705

BY: Kian Ahmadi

Dressed in a blue tee shirt with Amalfi” printed across the chest, Fran Calabrese remembered walking hand in hand with her grandfather to a Wooster Square-hosted celebration of St. Andrew when she was just three years old. Now 70, Calabrese returned on Thursday to that very same neighborhood Italian festa — which for her is about carrying on the traditions of Amalfi and honoring the miracle performed by New Haven’s patron saint.

Calabrese attended the opening night of this year’s Saint Andrew’s Society Annual Festa, selling Amalfi” tee shirts with plans to dedicate the proceeds to the St. Andrew’s Society, which she is a lifelong member of. The organization, founded to support Italian immigrants arriving in New Haven, has been hosting the annual festa for 123 years. 

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