Annual La Festa Italiana draws crowd

Annual La Festa Italiana draws crowd

Owen Karoscik, Asst. Arts & Entertainment Editor

Mamma Mia! Scranton’s Courthouse Square was encircled by Italian vendors from all over Pennsylvania and New York to celebrate the 37th annual La Festa Italiana.

Thousands of people arrived at the festival on Labor Day weekend to enjoy the delicious cuisine and culture. Some were not just local residents. Carrie Pfeiffer, a resident of Cleveland, Ohio, has been visiting La Festa for the past ten years. “We enjoy the atmosphere and the people,” she said.

Indeed, there was something for everyone at La Festa Italiana. Visitors circled the square and chose from a variety of things to eat. Whether they were looking for pizza, porketta sandwiches, potato pancakes, or various desserts, La Festa delivered.

People were also able to sit and enjoy the entertainment at the festival. This year’s entertainment featured fireworks, dancers from the Ballet Theatre of Scranton, and Chris DiMattio, the chairman of the festival, giving a Frank Sinatra tribute show.

La Festa Italiana is an annual festival that is held every year during Labor Day weekend. It is a great boost to the St. Ubaldo Committee. Committee Chairman DiMattio stated that La Festa actually pays for the whole Jessup St. Ubaldo Carnival every spring.

Next year’s festival should be just as much fun.