The Feast of the Assumption, greater Cleveland’s premiere summer festival, kicks off in Little Italy on Thursday, August 14th, from 6 to 11 pm. The festivities continue on Friday and Saturday, August 15th and 16th, from noon to midnight and conclude on Sunday, August 17th, from noon to 11 pm.
The Holy Day, August 15th, begins with a solemn Mass celebrating the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church. A procession of the Holy Mother’s statue throughout the Little Italy neighborhood follows, starting at approximately 11:30 am.
During the four days of festivities, booths are set up in the Holy Rosary Churchyard featuring Italian foods, desserts, live music and rides for young children. Mayfield Road is closed, allowing attendees access to an amazing collection of Italian food booths lining the street, hosted by Little Italy restaurants and independent vendors from across the country.
The Assumption, a Catholic Holy Day on August 15, commemorates Mary being taken into Heaven. A solemn Mass is celebrated in the Church, after which the statue of the Blessed Virgin is taken in procession throughout the neighborhood. During the four days of festivities, booths are set up in the Churchyard featuring Italian foods, live music and rides for young children. Independent vendors also have booths on the street. The Rosary is prayed daily at the shrine to Our Lady of the Assumption, located on the East side of the church. On the final evening of the “Feast” a candlelight procession is held to honor Mary. A short prayer service and fireworks conclude our tribute to God for all the good He has done through the intercession of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. The “Feast” is a celebration of the Gospel of Life, Faith and Family.
Every year we estimate that close to 100,000 people attend this festive celebration!