Reviving tradition, saints to march through Springfield’s Italian South End

Jul 15, 2023 180

BY: JKim Kinney

Marchers, accompanied for the first time in years by a brass band, will parade La Madonna del Carmine through the streets of Springfield’s South End Sunday. The 11:30 a.m. procession will follow a 10:30 a.m. Mass at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in honor of the feast day of the church’s namesake. The Society of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is hosting a dinner, a ticketed event, at 4 p.m. Sunday.

It will also, organizers hope, help revive an old-country tradition in a burgeoning South End where generations grew up pinning donations to a passing shrine, said Salvatore Circosta, president of the St. Padre Pio Lodge of the Springfield Sons and Daughters of Italy. The procession shrank over the years, he said. It disappeared during the pandemic and was revived last year but only from the church to the society’s hall across the street.


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