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La Festa Italiana
One of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s most cherished traditions is La Festa Italiana, the four-day celebration of culture, cuisine and music that brings together people of all ethnic backgrounds from near and far.
La Festa Italiana was initiated in 1976 when communities across the country were celebrating our nation’s 200th birthday.
“Our Italian-American community wanted to do something to contribute to the celebration. We thought of a festival as a gift that could keep on giving,” recalled Robert W. Pettinato, who at the time was a Lackawanna County Commissioner.
Mr. Pettinato enlisted colleagues, friends and community leaders to help organize the event. The local Italian parishes, businesses and fraternal organizations were invited to participate.
Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton was chosen as the site because it is the city’s equivalent of a “piazza,” the plaza of a typical town in Italy.
La Festa Italiana is held Labor Day weekend on Courthouse Square in the heart of downtown Scranton, PA.
As usual, more than 80 vendors will be offering great Italian food, and continuous live entertainment will be featured on multiple stages around the square. There is no admission charge.
Toyota of Scranton is proud to support La Festa Italiana and is the presenting sponsor for this years fireworks display.
To learn more about La Festa visit their website here.
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