Patchogue Village is gearing up for one of its oldest traditions: the Italian Festival of St. Liberata.
The food and fun happens Saturday, Sept. 7, up and down Main Street.
From noon to 6 p.m., Main Street on both sides of Ocean Avenue will be closed. The day will kick-off with the traditional parade, which will begin in front of the Suffolk County District Court and finish off at the Four Corners at 12:45 p.m.
Many of the restaurants will be serving meals on the streets.
There’s also a classic car show, plenty of stuff for the kids and Italo-American musicians performing outside the Locale Italian restaurant.
“St. Liberata celebrates our Italian heritage here in the community,” said David Kennedy, executive director of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce. “Italian immigrants helped build Patchogue.”
The event itself dates to the 1920s, Kennedy said.
“And now it’s just a great day just to celebrate not only Italian heritage, but Patchogue in general,” he said.
Fabrizio Castelli, who owns Locale with his family and is himself an Italian immigrant, said the day conjures a lot of memories for older Italians who remembered the village way back when.
“It’s an old festival, inspired by people in Patchogue from the Campania region, people coming from Naples,” said Castelli. “And this great tradition has continued for people of the new generations.”
“It’s such a nice thing to reconnect with a cultural heritage,” he added, “and just be Italian,” he said.
Bocce ball will be set up by the lawn of the Teen Center at the Patchogue-Medford Carnegie Library, which is run by the Cultural Heritage Committee of the Greater Patchogue Foundation.
The bocce courts will be open to the public for free.