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Feast Day of Santa Maria Goretti

Because most Italians grow up in a Roman Catholic tradition, saints days and feast days are very special. Besides celebrating birthdays, many Italians celebrate the feast day of the saint whose name they bear. On this day, in June, a procession of the statue of the patron saint of the Italian Parish is carried around Commonwealth Stadium. Other activities onsite include games and competitions, dancing and a celebration of Italian food.

The feast day of the patrona, Santa Maria Goretti Day, is probably the best- established event celebrated by the Italian community in Edmonton. Besides the Mass and procession, which consists of churchgoers carrying the statue of the saint and singing religious songs around the block, there is a picnic with games for children.

Feast Day Parade

Feast Day Parade