Saturday night’s intense red sunset disappeared over St. Roch Church around 7:30pm, just as the feast fired up for a fourth night of food, games, rides and entertainment.
The five day event had gained momentum by Saturday. In the Hamilton Ave School parking lot the band “Local Talent” drew dancers while, under tents, crowds relaxed over dinners of sausage and peppers, burgers, hot dogs…and oh, the pizza fritta. Across St. Roch Ave, the beer & wine garden drew an enthusiastic crowd. On the south side of Hamilton Ave, thrill-seekers of all ages were enticed onto the Flying Swings, the Super Slide and the Scrambler.
There is one more day of events. On Sunday morning the grand procession will be followed by a 12:00 Noon Italian Mass at St. Roch Church.
The 9:00am grand procession concludes the 2014 St. Roch Feast, with honorary Grand Marshall Dr. James A Brunetti, D.O. On Sunday morning, the procession will wind through the streets of Chickahominy as the Morrese Society is accompanied by a brass band. At about 11:45am, the procession will return to St. Roch Church in time for the noon Mass in Italian.
The procession is an event stepped in history. It represents a tradition that stretches back hundreds of years to rural Italy.