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Italian Feast Days Kicks Off It's 29th Year

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The smell of food drifts down the streets of Endicott as hundreds kicked off their weekend at St. Anthony's Italian Feast Days.

It's back for it's 29th year,
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Community hit the streets with food music and dancing.
A fun time, used to celebrate the Saint.

Bill Matts, one of the Deacons, said "June 16th is his feast day and we celebrate that and that's the one thing we don't want to forget about... It's easy to get wrapped up in all the food and entertainment... All the good times but we are here to celebrate St. Anthony..."

Volunteers have been working since last Saturday on the event's biggest draw... The food...

Cathy Ranucci, who works in the food tent, said "We have lamb spiedies chicken spiedies steak sandwiches we have broccoli rabe... We have mozzerella sticks"

Feast days has community members returning from all over the country.

And as one of the volunteers says, volunteers and visitors are one big family.
"It's so much fun for all of us it's like one big family..." Ranucci added "If someone needs help in one place we help but that's how we all stay together and we look forward to every year because we are one big family... And that's why it's such a great event..."

Music and food will be served all weekend long but some of the other draws are the casino run out of the church's basement, and the procession of St. Anthony on Sunday.

Matts also said "We bring St. Anthony out and we process through the streets on the north side... Singing Italian songs... Praying the rosaries... Singing traditional hymns and so on... And that's really a highlight for a lot of the people"

A shuttle is being provided from St. Mary's Church at 1907 Jenkins Street in Endicott.
Fridays bands are the Los Vega Band and the Longo Bros.

On Saturday is the Los Vega Band, and a Washington D.C. Band, DC Transit.
And Sunday rounds it out with the Los Vega Band and Ralph Muro, as well as the St. Anthony Procession at 10:30 AM.