St. Roch’s celebration a ‘feast’ for all

The Chickahominy community got the chance to “Roch” out last weekend at the annual St. Roch Feast, where community members united for a festival for all ages featuring live music, games and plenty of carnival fare including the famous “pizza fritte.”

St. Roch Church’s annual festival celebrated the town’s Italian heritage over the course of four days, from Wednesday to Saturday, and culminated in the church’s grand procession on Sunday morning, led by First Selectman Peter Tesei, who served as honorary grand marshal.

Following Italian tradition, parishioners participated in the procession by following a statue of St. Roch as it was carted through the streets of Chickahominy, where residents pinned monetary donations to it.

The feast is the church’s biggest fund-raiser of the year but also serves as a neighborhood gathering where residents celebrate the town’s Italian culture and the community as a whole. The feast, known in Italian as “La Festa di San Rocco,” is a traditional mid-August festival that dates back hundreds of years to rural Italy and continues today in Greenwich.

Along with a beer and wine garden for thirsty adults, the feast featured a number of children’s activities including pony rides, a petting zoo, a magician and balloon and sand art.

The weather played a little havoc with the feast but feast committee member Jackie Budkins said that it was still a great year as the feast grows bigger and better every year. On Saturday the feast was moved up an hour and she told the Post it was “non-stop crazy” with all the people who wanted to be a part of it.

“It was phenomenal,” Ms. Budkins said. “It was our biggest crowd ever.”

More photos of the event will be available Monday at greenwich-post.com.

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