Greenwich ‘feasts’ at annual St. Roch celebration

GL-FTR-St-Roch-A-8-16It’s been a summer of block parties and community get-togethers throughout town this year, but perhaps none have the sense of tradition that the annual St. Roch’s Feast does.

Last week the Chickahominy community and people from all over town turned out in force for the four-day celebration that has been held for more than 100 years. The feast honors St. Roch, a patron saint, and celebrates Italian culture in Greenwich. The popular feast took place from Wednesday until Sunday and included carnival rides, animals, live music and entertainment and, of course, food, including the famous pizza fritta. It also was capped off, as always, by a walking parade around the neighborhood on Sunday afternoon.


As part of the parade, a statue of St. Roch was carried around the neighborhood as dozens of parishioners from St. Roch’s Church accompanied it. Father Matthew Mauriello gave blessings to neighbors who came out of their homes to pin money onto the statue. The procession, which was led by town Ambassador at Large Bea Crumbine, the first woman to ever earn this honor, also stopped to play music at the homes of those in the neighborhood who had lost loved ones within the past year.

The feast is a church fund-raiser, and feast committee member Jackie Budkins said the community support will help finish the new roof for the church. She said it is the church’s only fund-raiser of the year and is vitally important. She thanked the town, the Greenwich Police Department, Hamilton Avenue School and all the volunteers from the community and the Knights of Columbus for making it a reality.

“Events like this are really important parts of this community and it makes everyone think back to when they were kids and they used to come here and now they’re coming with their families,” Ms. Budkins said. “This is about Greenwich coming together for a good cause.”
















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