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La Festa Italiana 2013
Thank you to Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania for serving as La Festa’s Premier and Fireworks Sponsor this year!
La Festa Italiana, northeastern Pennsylvania’s largest celebration of culture and cuisine, will again be held over the Labor Day weekend, Saturday through Monday, on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. Since 1976, a small group of dedicated volunteers has staged La Festa Italiana. The committee donates its proceeds to local charities. We are working hard to make this year’s event better than ever.
If you haven’t visited us before, you’re in for a real treat! La Festa Italiana is an end-of-summer tradition that annually attracts thousands of visitors.
People come from near and far to enjoy the food, music and culture that characterize the Italian heritage. La Festa Italiana has something for everyone. More than 80 vendors will offer a wide variety of foods and displays. The finest Italian cuisine is cooked and served daily, presenting festival goers with the dilemma of which tempting dish to try next.
Continuous live entertainment for both young and older tastes is featured during the afternoon and evening each day. A 5K race will take place on Saturday, and be sure not to miss the fireworks display that will be launched at 10:00 p.m. Sunday presented by Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. La Festa visitors can also enjoy a trolley shuttle between Courthouse Square and the Steamtown National Historic site for Railfest 2013.
A Mass in Italian will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday in St. Peter’s Cathedral, located one block from the festival site. This special liturgy is always attended by a capacity audience, so plan to arrive early. The Mass will also be televised by CTV: Catholic Television, in the Diocese of Scranton. Please check local cable listings for the program channel.
Think you have what it takes to compete in a food eating contest? Join our dedicated vendors for a Cannoli Eating Contest on Monday, September 2!
Regarding pets at La Festa
We respectfully request that patrons do not bring pets to the festival. The festival is located in an urban setting, not an open field like you would find at a county fair. The sidewalks get very crowded and it becomes difficult to manage pets in the midst of all the people trying to navigate their way around the Courthouse Square. So the animal would be in very close quarters alongside many people.
In the past we have received reports from people, especially those with small children, who were frightened by animals. And the animals might also feel uncomfortable in close proximity to many unfamiliar people. We try our best to offer a safe, enjoyable experience for our patrons. Therefore, we ask that you please do not bring pets to the festival. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!