Chronicles: A century of Italian festivals in Buffalo

Jul 31, 2023 648

As long as there have been Italians in Buffalo, newspapers have been writing about Italian festivals. Each Italian Catholic parish or transplanted Italian community often held many religious-based celebrations and festivals that mirrored those celebrated back in Italy.

In the neighborhood that stood in the area now known as Canalside – but then known as “The Hooks” or, generally, Canal Street (which was later renamed Dante Place), the 1926 celebration of St. Joseph of Bagheria’s feast day was highlighted by a procession of more than a thousand people.

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