Each year, St. Athanasius Church holds a week-long summer celebration in honor of St. Anthony, bringing food, rides and games to the street outside the church.
This year, a couple of hundred people stopped by every night, according to Publicity Chairperson Rocco Imbriale, during the event, which began on Wednesday, June 7 and lasted until Monday, June 12 at 61sy Street and Bay Parkway.
From 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., every day, there were rides outdoors that were popular among children, games of chance for adults inside, and a selection of generally Italian cuisine. In the streets, music could be heard from the festival, keeping the energy up.
According to Imbriale, visitors “come from all over” to enjoy the festival, with proceeds going into a church education program. Imbriale said his favorite part was “a tremendous parade for Saint Anthony and his followers.”
Today, Saint Anthony is thought of in the Roman Catholic Church as the patron saint of lost things, and is often credited with miracles involving lost people, lost objects and even lost spiritual commodities.