San Rocco Festa won’t happen in 2020.
CENTER TWP. — San Rocco Festa won’t happen in 2020.
Organizers of Beaver County’s three-day Italian festival, which debuted in 1925 in Aliquippa, agreed that efforts to combat the coronavirus made it necessary to cancel this year’s event scheduled for mid-August.
“Instead, we will be focusing this year on the most important parts of our celebration: the San Rocco Mass and spending more time with close family,” the San Rocco Cultural Committee Board of Directors said in a press release.
“This decision was not made lightly, but complying with social distancing guidelines and state mandates for large gatherings, and an overriding concern for the safety of our many volunteers, workers, vendors, entertainers, and patrons left us with no choice,” Fred Persi, committee president said. “In 2019, the three-day event drew over 7,000 attendees. We fully expect to return next August with renewed purpose to bring our sense of community to even larger crowds.”
All activities scheduled Aug. 14-16 at the festival site, the Center Township Municipal Park, have been canceled, along with the traditional procession through Aliquippa.
This year the festival committee plans to honor the tradition by celebrating a mass on Aug. 16, the Festa Day of San Rocco, at St. Titus Church, Aliquippa.
“We are working with church officials to determine participation restrictions, but at minimum, hope to stream the ceremony live,” board member Gary Tranelli said
More details will be forthcoming on the festival’s website sanrocco.org.