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Italian Culture Celebrated with Festa di San Vito Peterstown Cultural Festival

Credits: Vito A. Mazza, Esq.

ELIZABETH, NJ – Anyone driving down Fourth Avenue in recent weeks could see by the colorful street decorations that the 8th Annual Festa di San Vito Peterstown Cultural Festival is coming to town. The street fair begins this Thursday, July 23, and ends Sunday, July 26. Time is Thursday through Saturday from 6 to 10:30 p.m., and Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m. The place is High Street and Fourth Avenue.

“The Festival began eight years ago with one stand on one block,” remembered Vito Mazza, Esq., the Festival's chairman. “Now we are four blocks and growing every year.”  

Among the amusements are food, music, kiddie rides, and games. The proceeds from two of the game stands are donated to pay for uniforms for the nationally ranked Elizabeth High School Marching Band. “The parents of the band members are very excited and have volunteered to help,” said Mazza.

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Friday night is dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of DiCosmo’s Italian Ice. There is music every night including an Italian singer Sunday night.  

“We are a small, controlled, cultural festival, geared toward families with baby carriages,” said Mazza. “We want to share our Italian culture with our multi-cultural community.”

The Festival actually began June 14 with a special mass at Saint Anthony of Padua Church, then a procession with the statue of Saint Vito, a fourth century Christian martyr from Sicily, carried to High Street.

So, come grab a bag of zeppoles and have a good time.

The Festival is presented by the Frank O. Mazza Civic Association, a non-profit, community outreach organization dedicated to raising community awareness and involvement. For more information, contact Vito A. Mazza, Esq., at 732-309-1580 or

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