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Proud Traditions to Highlight the 94th Annual St. Peter’s Italian Bazaar in Portland on August 9-11

Dessert Orders Available for Early Pickup

PORTLAND---Thousands of local residents will join many returning individuals and families to enjoy one of Maine’s warmest and beloved neighborhood street festivals on August 9-11.

The 94th annual St. Peter’s Italian Bazaar is set for Federal Street in Portland, a gathering of generations proudly celebrating the heritage, family, and faith of a special community. The bazaar is held in mid-August each year to commemorate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Feast of Saint Rocco.

As part of the festival, Bishop Robert P. Deeley will celebrate a special Mass at St. Peter Parish, located on 72 Federal Street, on Saturday, August 10, at 4 p.m. The Mass will include hymns in both Italian and English and be followed by a procession in which the statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Rocco will be carried into the street.

Handmade Italian food and pastries, carnival games for the children, booths, and live music highlight the schedule all weekend, with special events planned each day, including the traditional climbing of the greased pole, with the objective being to touch the top of a metal flagpole that is covered in axle grease.

The bazaar will be open on Friday, August 9, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, August 10, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, August 11, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The drawing of the Superiore Lotteria that features $5,000 in prizes and 43 winners will be held on Sunday. To purchase tickets, call (207) 773-7746.  

The famed St. Peter’s Pastry Booth will be taking orders for cookies, cannoli, tiramisu, almond cake, and limoncello to be picked up at the bazaar on Friday, August 9, between 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. To preorder, call Nancy at (207) 773-8852 or email egoodwin@maine.rr.com.

If you are interested in volunteering at the bazaar, contact Ann-Marie at (207) 232-7245 or boosh@maine.rr.com

For more information about the bazaar, including updates throughout the weekend of August 9-11, visit the event’s Facebook page.