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St. Anthony’s Italian Festival celebrates Emilia-Romagna

Bring your appetite!

Bring your appetite!

WILMINGTON, DE — St. Anthony of Padua will host its 39th annual Italian Festival, beginning Sunday, June 9. The 2013 theme is Emilia-Romagna, the home region of St. Anthony’s legendary Fr. Roberto Balducelli, who celebrates his 100th birthday this year. According to Father Robert, the region is home to the most delicious food in all of Europe, so bring your appetite.

Wilmington’s favorite festival runs from June 9 to 16 at St. Anthony of Padua, located at 901 N. DuPont Street. Weekly passes are available on-site and online for $15. Daily admission is $5 for ages 14 to 61 and free for seniors (over 61). Children (under 14) also receive free admission with a parent or guardian (age 18 or older). All proceeds benefit St. Anthony of Padua Grade School.

The opening Sunday (June 9) kicks off with a 5K run through the streets of Little Italy, starting at 9 a.m. Throughout the week, the festival will feature Italian eateries; classic and modern live concerts; authentic Italian products; and family rides and games. The final Sunday (June 16) features an Italian mass and the procession of saints.

Days and times are as follows:

  • Sunday, June 9: 2:00–10:30 p.m.
  • Monday–Friday, June 10–June 14: 5:30–10:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 15: 2:00–10:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 16: 2:00–8:30 p.m.

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