Italian flavor at Attleboro's LaSalette Shrine

Sep 20, 2018 335

BY: Mike Kirby

Of Massachusetts’ 6.8 million citizens, 13 percent — or more than 1 out of 8 residents — are of Italian descent. That’s second only to the Bay State’s Irish community, which comes in at nearly 20 percent. In nearby Rhode Island, those claiming Italian descent number 19 percent or nearly 1 in 5. Still, Teddy deCaro and the Rev. Flavio Gillio are nervous.

They are co-chairs of the first Italian Cultural Festival to be held Saturday, Sept. 22, at LaSalette Shrine. They have spent months planning a one-day event — there is no rain date – that combines religion, fundraising and fun. Now, they just hope people show up. “It’s humbling because so many people have offered to volunteer so we can make this happen,” said deCaro, a Mansfield resident. “Now, we just need people to come.”

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