Feast of the Assumption -- Little Italy

08/15/2007 - 00:00
08/18/2007 - 00:00

Cleveland's Feast of the Assumption, held each year in mid-August in the city's Little Italy neighborhood is a four-day street fair that celebrates the Catholic Day of Assumption (August 15), when the Virgin Mary died and assumed her place beside Jesus. The Feast is a fun-filled Italian street party with rides, food, live music, a parade, and lots of fun.

The four-day Feast of the Assumption is a wonderful mix of religion and secular fun. The entire length of Mayfield Road, between Euclid Avenue and Cleveland Heights is closed off to traffic. In their place are carnival rides, delicious Italian-themed food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and live music stages, playing everything from rock to "It's Amore."

In addition, there are fireworks at night and a parade on August 15. Just as everyone is a little Irish on St. Patrick's Day; everyone in Cleveland is a little Italian during the Feast of the Assumption. The event draws over 100,000 visitors each year. Admission is free.

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The Parade: The central event of the Feast of the Assumption is the parade on August 15, where the likeness of the Virgin Mary is carried throughout the neighborhood, accompanied by music and costumed marchers, young and not-so-young.

Getting to the Feast of the Assumption: The Feast of the Assumption is located on Mayfield Road, between Euclid Ave. and the border of Cleveland Heights. Parking is available on the side streets bordering the festival or you can take RTA's red line to the University Circle stop, about a mile away.