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Hangout of the Week: The Feast of the Assumption (Little Italy)

It’s Cleveland, it’s the middle of August, and Labor Day is right around the corner. That means that it’s time for The Feast of the Assumption in Little Italy on Murray Hill.

A CLE tradition unlike any other, the Feast, which has been going on for 120 years, shuts down an entire street for a four-day festival to celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven. This is a Catholic tradition and is celebrated by many people in the city, not just Catholics. There are people from all walks of life and all parts of Cleveland that celebrate by eating delicious Italian cuisine, enjoying camaraderie with friends and family, visiting shops, partying all night at different bars that turn into outdoor night clubs, and evening playing bocce. It’s just one giant party!

The Feast began this week on Wednesday, August 15 and will continue through Saturday, August 18th with a firework show at 10 p.m. in the Tony Brush Park to close the festival. Visitors can find food, beverage and dessert options from several vendors that will set up stands on the streets, usually outside of their own stores. There are also patios open for seating at restaurants, as well as bars that open up their back patios and have DJ’s in order for people to get their dance on. Live music is also a staple of The Feast. The park is complete with jungle gym and swing sets so that kids can also have fun enjoying this iconic neighborhood. There truly is something for everyone.

Please make it out this weekend to The Feast and enjoy yourself. There are two types of people in this world: Italians, and people who want to be Italian. At the feast, you can make yourself feel like an Italian for the night!

Mangia!

The 120th Annual Feast of the Assumption continues tonight,Thursday, from 6 to 11 p.m.; Friday, from 6 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday, from noon to midnight. More details can be found here.

IMAGE RIGHTS: “Feast of the Assumption in Little Italy Cleveland” by EDrost88 is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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