Saturday, June 11

Holy Rosary Italian Street Festival 2011

Holy Rosary Parish, 520 Stevens St., Indianapolis, opened its annual Italian Street Festival last night with a quickly growing number of people for the perfect weather. Catholics and non catholics are welcome for this fundraiser held, literally, on the steps of the south side's parish.

A favorite part of the festival for me is people watching. And the food. And people making food. Every year dedicated volunteers roll up their sleeves (figuratively) in the 90+ degree weather and the scorching sun to dish up meatballs, spaghetti and cannoli. No good Italian festival is good without Italian beer and wine, however, and there was plenty of beer chilling on ice and wine being uncorked.

I didn't find a couple of traditional items this year. I asked and looked around but did not see the cigar lady rolling her handmade smokes this year. I also failed to find my beloved gelato. Not sure if I somehow overlooked both of these tents, but no one I asked seemed to know where, or if, those were available this year. If you find them, let me know; otherwise the festival won't be the same for me.
The family friendly event offers a mini-Midway alongside the parish and includes rides and games. You can find rubber ducky games, dart-throwing and basketball tossing. Rides include a carousel for the little ones as well as older kid's rides.

The best part of this festival is the spirit of the people who hold it and those who attend. Everyone's spirits are high and welcoming, joking and laughing while they dish up hundreds upon hundreds of their goodies for those wanting to capture the flavor of the Italian cuisine and culture.

Hours: Friday , June 10: 5-11 pm; Saturday, June 11: 5-11 pm rain or shine
Note: The Italian Street Festival is held the 2nd weekend of June annually (in case you missed this year's).
Photos: Elizabeth J Musgrave
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, music, restaurant and performing arts critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, on, and follow her on Twitter @ejmusgrave1 and Facebook.

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