Little Italy Bringing Back Feast of the Assumption for 2021

Emanuel Wallace Emanuel Wallace

Get ready to feast on some Italian food, Cleveland.

Little Italy’s popular Feast of the Assumption festival will return this August, according to a press statement from Mayor Frank Jackson. It follows the festival’s cancelation in 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. “For more than 120 years, Holy Rosary Parish’s Feast of the Assumption celebration has been a time for families to come together to honor and commemorate their rich cultural heritage,” Jackson said in a statement. “This year, we look forward to joining the Little Italy community and our Italian-American residents in celebration of this long-standing tradition.”

The Feast of the Assumption festival is hosted by the neighborhood’s Holy Rosary Parish to honor the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The holy day takes place Aug. 15. This year’s specific Feast festival dates and hours have not yet been announced.

“With gratitude to God’s Providence and for all those who have worked to bring us through the pandemic, which we pray will soon completely end, we remember and pray for all those who have died, lost loved ones or have been affected by COVID-19,” said Father Joseph Previte of Holy Rosary Parish, in a statement. “We look forward to celebrating this solemnity and parish tradition in 2021 with a profound sense of gratitude.”

The festival typically features food and drinks from Little Italy restaurants and bars, live music, games and rides.

This year, the Feast will follow all applicable COVID-19 regulations and protocols, according to a release.

Read the full release from Jackson’s office at, and follow Little Italy on Facebook at

This article was printed on, May 27, 2021.