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Girls dressed in folk costume carry a statue of the patrona Santa Maria Goretti during her Feast Day Parade.  Photo courtesy of Rudy Cavaliere. 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.  

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. 

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