San Marziale procession, Our Boys Band all set for Sunday
KULPMONT - The 2014 San Marziale procession featuring the Kulpmont Our Boys Band will return to the streets Sunday, July 13 starting at 1 p.m. from Holy Angels Church, 855 Scott St.
The procession will once again showcase the legendary Our Boys Band who put on a historic and moving performance last year. Organizers are asking the Kulpmont community and neighboring communities to come out for the event and procession for a great turn-out.
The event is organized by Landscape Services, Bressi Family Foods, the Holy Name Society of Holy Angels Church, Holy Angels Church, the Knights of Columbus Kulpmont Council and various dedicated individuals and local businesses.
"It continues to be all about turn-out and involvement," said Chris Bressi, one of the organizers of the event. "Much of what we do is a numbers game. The more involvement by the community and local businesses, the bigger and better this event will continue to get for years to come."
Any local businesses or individuals who want to be a named or anonymous sponsor can call Bressi at 570-373-9433 or Tom Letcavage of Landscape Services at 570-274-1508.
Saint Marziale is the patron saint of Isca sull' Ionio, a small town in southern Italy, which was the birthplace of many Italian immigrants who came to America, eventually settling in the coal region for a better life.
According to legend, St. Marziale was the youngest of seven sons - known as the seven martyrs - of Saint Felicitas, and is venerated as the patron saint of Isca sullo Ionio in Calabria, Italy, and Torricella Peligna in the Abruzzo region of Italy. His feast day is July 10.
During the procession onlookers can pin money to the statue, which will then be donated to Holy Angels Church and/or needy members of the community.
For those who participate and march, there will be food and refreshments available at the Holy Angels picnic grounds. Those who wish to walk in the procession are asked to meet at 12:30 p.m.
The route of the processsion is as follows: starting at Holy Angels Church, heading up Ninth Street to Pine Street, Pine to Sixth Street; Sixth to Spruce Street; Spruce to 11th Street and then to Poplar Street for two blocks to 13th Street, and then 13th Street to Scott and back to the church for refreshments for the walkers.