One of Brooklyn’s most iconic events returned last week after a year off.
The annual Feast of Santa Rosalia began Aug. 19 on 18th Avenue – a/k/a Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard – from 67th Street to Bay Ridge Parkway.
The 10-day event features rides, music, games for the kids, drinks and food.
Bensonhurst resident Paul Gordon said the event’s return is important to local history and culture.
“It’s great to see not only Italian-Americans, but people of all races and demographics together enjoying the feast at a time when it is needed so much as also a means and form of social gathering and togetherness,” Gordon said.
The feast was canceled in anticipation of Hurricane Henri Aug. 22 but resumed the next day.
Singer Angelo Venuto, who will perform on 18th Avenue and 73rd Street Aug. 28, called the festival’s return a sign of hope.
“It’s going to bring Italians back together in their old neighborhood again,” Venuto said.
Venuto will play old and new songs that represent all cultures, “to make [all different races] feel the warmth of togetherness.”
“It’s a beautiful outdoor atmosphere,” he said. “Since the pandemic happened, everyone is happy to finally go out and enjoy an Italian feast.”