La Festa Italiana Volunteers Finalizing Plans

Volunteers have been busy putting the final touches on plans for this year’s La Festa Italiana to be held this Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 1-3, on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton.

The festival is an end‑of‑summer tradition that annually attracts thousands of visitors. Hours are noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Monday. Admission is free.  As usual, approximately 80 vendors will offer a wide variety of foods and displays. Continuous live entertainment for both young and older tastes is presented on three stages during the afternoon and evening each day.  The festival committee will operate two stands, one featuring Italian cultural items, clothing and novelties, and the popular Cappuccino Café. Proceeds from these stands are donated to local charities.

It takes a lot of time and effort to put together a three-day event, and La Festa board members and volunteers have been working for months to make it happen. It’s worth it since thousands of people from near and far will visit the Square and enjoy the festival.  The Board of Directors is led by officers Christopher DiMattio, president; Joseph Guido, vice president; Debra Meila, secretary; Sam Prudente, treasurer; and Rev. David P. Cappelloni, chaplain.  Other board members are Diane Alberigi, Frank T. Blasi, Brian Cali, Frank Castellano, Karen Clifford, Lou Cossa, Jack Costanzi Jr., Andre’ DiMino, Francene Dudziec, Bill Genello, Frank Gervasi, David Kontz, Mary Marrara, Tony Nicosia, Margaret Pettinato, Peter Ruane, Michael Semian, Msgr. Constantine Siconolfi, chaplain emeritus, and Frank Zazzera, Patrick Fricchione Sr., Patrick F. Guido, Robert W. Pettinato and Nicholas Scandale are honorary members.

FLAG PHOTO CAPTION:  Some of the board members and volunteers of La Festa Italiana display the Italian flag on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton, site of the festival to be held this Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Sept. 1-3). In front row from left: Christopher DiMattio, president; Francene Dudziec; Diane Alberigi; Debra Meila, secretary; Mary Marrara; Margaret Pettinato; and Lou Cossa. Back row from left: Peter Ruane; Joe Guido, vice president; Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty; Sam Prudente, treasurer; Frank T. Blasi; Bill Genello; and Frank Castellano.

La Festa Italiana Brochure and Map

Click here for the 2012 La Festa Italiana Brochure and Map

La Festa Italiana Set for Labor Day Weekend in Scranton

SCRANTON, Pa.— Great food, live entertainment and fun for everyone are on the menu for the annual La Festa Italiana to be held Saturday-Sunday-Monday of Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-2-3, on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. This is La Festa’s 37th year.

The three‑day festival is an end‑of‑summer tradition that annually attracts thousands of visitors. Hours are Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Monday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free.

La Festa Italiana will literally hit the ground running with the Capt. James R. Minicozzi Memorial 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Sept. 1. The race is being sponsored by the Scranton Chapter of UNICO, the Italian-American service organization, and proceeds will benefit UNICO charities. Registration for the race will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Linden St. and N. Washington Ave. in downtown Scranton. The entrance fee is $20.

The race begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of Lackawanna Ave. and Wyoming Ave., where it continues to Green Ridge St., then on to N. Washington Ave. and ending at Scranton City Hall.

La Festa Italiana has something for everyone. As usual, approximately 80 vendors will offer a wide variety of foods and displays. Italian favorites are cooked and served daily, presenting festival goers with the dilemma of which tempting dish to try next. This year marks the return of the Cappuccino Café to its traditional location on the N. Washington Ave. plaza.

Continuous live entertainment for both young and older tastes is presented on two stages during the afternoon and evening each day.

This year’s featured performer is Dean Martin impersonator Andy DiMino, who will take the stage on Monday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Among the many other acts that will perform are Carmello the Singer, Italian tenor Christopher Macchio, comedian Uncle Floyd, Los Vega, The Poets, King Henry and the Original Showmen, the Hi-Lites featuring Pat Aita, the Italian Continentals, and the Frank Sinatra Tribute featuring Chris DiMattio and the Brass & Ivory Orchestra.

The annual Mass in Italian will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2, in St. Peter’s Cathedral, located one block from the festival site. The Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, will preside and give the homily. The Mass will also be televised live by CTV: Catholic Television of the Diocese of Scranton.

For more information and updates, visit the festival Web site at: www.lafestaitaliana.org.

Festival patrons are also invited to Lackawanna Railfest ’12, hosted by the nearby Steamtown National Historic Site Sept. 1-2. Shuttle transportation will be provided between La Festa and Steamtown. For details on Railfest, visit www.nps.gov/stea.

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La Festa Hours

Fri. Sept 1- 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sat. Sept. 2- 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun. Sept. 3- 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Mon. Sept. 4 - 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM