Feast of the Assumption procession in Little Italy
On Monday, August 15th, we went to Little Italy for the Feast of the Assumption procession that started after the morning mass at the Holy Rosary Church and travelled all around the community.
We were a bit worried about the weather due to the clouds and a few raindrops but there was no downpour and things seemed to transpire quite well. We spoke to a nice lady at the Shrine who told us that this year's 118th Annual Feast, which started on August 12th and concluded on this day, was not as well attended as those of other years due to the questionable weather but since there was an unusually big crowd last year so things kind of evened out. She said that most important thing was that all the attendees could safely navigate the streets of Little Italy and she was glad that the event was conducted in a peaceful fashion. This point-of-view was seconded by our friend, Mr. Dan Brennan who we see all the time at the City Club. Mr. Brennan said that "we are very thankful for what we have."
Before the procession started, we had time to take a walk up the street and purchase some tasty eggplant rollatini from Corbo's Bakery. We soon returned to the Holy Rosary Church to watch the procession participants line up. On our way back we stopped to say hello to Mr. Joe Lanese of Plumbers Union Local 55 who was sitting right outside of La Dolce Vita restaurant. We have talked to Mr. Lanese several times at fundraisers for Ohio State Senator Kenny Yuko (District 25) and know that he was raised in the Little Italy area and has attended many Feasts of the Assumption here over the years. Speaking of Ohio State Senator Yuko, we spied him there too.
When we arrived back at where the procession was forming, we said hello to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Joan Synnenberg who took part in the procession as did Cleveland City Councilpeople Mamie Mitchell (Ward 6) and Michael Polensek (Ward 8).
Carrying the cross and thus leading the procession was Mr. Frank Fiorilli who, according to his daughters, is 91 years old and has been leading the procession for at least 70 years.
We also encountered Ms. Carol Kovach, Editor of the "Northeast Ohio Catholic" with whom we shared a table at the First Friday Club of Cleveland on August 4th. "You never know where I will turn up," she said with a smile.
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