RE: Festivals, Celebrations and Ethnic Feasts
While growing up in Suburban Chicago, the local church had an annual celebration in the middle of Summer. It was a Catholic Church and they celebrated the Feast Day of the patron Saint of our church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. It has been known as, "The Feast" for many years. I think it has been going on for well over 100 years in Melrose Park, Illinois. The streets around the church are blocked off. There are food and other vendors as well as an actual carnival ride and game set-up. A Sunday religious procession/parade takes place. The food is ledgendary serving Italian beef and sausage, clams on the half shell, pizza slices, Italian Lemonade, (gelato) roasted or cured nuts, canollis and other stuff too numerous to mention. If your living in the area and not been there, or, if you plan on being near Chicago in the middle of July, check it out.