At Patchogue’s St. Liberata Festival, everyone is Italian for the day.
Thousands of people gathered on Main Street in the village to celebrate Patchogue’s rich Italian history and the Italian Feast of St. Liberata on Saturday.
This festival was the second celebration of the town’s cultural heritage weekend, which also includes the third annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Sept. 17 and Irish-themed May the Road Rise to Meet Ye Half 5k on Sept. 19.
Attendees strolled through downtown Patchogue viewing classic Italian cars, enjoying some great eats from participating restaurants and vendors and took part in family-friendly activities such as children’s karaoke, face-painting, a magician, bounce houses, bocce ball tournaments, and live entertainment.
Joseph Brandi was honored as the 2021 Italian-American of the Year for his lifelong contributions to the Patchogue community.
Another main attraction was the 800-pound 2 X 2 1/2-foot Mt. Carmel church bell, which rang through the streets of Patchogue for the first time in 50 years.
“People say Patchogue, why? Well, I saw why not,” Brandi said. “There’s not another community on Long Island that has what we have here in Patchogue — I’ve been blessed for my 72 years to live here and be associated with all these wonderful people.”
Scroll down below for photos from the 2021 St. Liberata Festival.