The Cleveland Feast of the Assumption, held each year in mid-August in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood, is a four-day street fair that celebrates Catholic Assumption Day (August 15), when the Virgin Mary Mary died and assumed her place with Jesus. .
The Feast is a fun-filled Italian street party with rides, food, live music, a procession, and lots of fun.
What is assumption?
In the religion of Roman Catholicism, August 15 is the Holy Day of Obligation known as the Feast of the Assumption. Blessed Mary assumes her place in heaven with Jesus Christ. The Assumption of Mary has two purposes. The first is that we celebrate the happy departure of Mary from this physical life on Earth. The second purpose is the assumption of your body to heaven.
The festival of the Feast of the Assumption
The four-day Feast of the Assumption is a wonderful mix of respectful religious rites and secular fun. The entire length of Mayfield Road, between Euclid Avenue and Cleveland Heights, is closed to traffic on the weekend. In their place are carnival rides, delicious Italian-themed food vendors, craft stalls and live music stages, playing everything from rock to “It’s Amore.”
In addition, there are fireworks at night and a procession on August 15. Just like everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day; Everyone in Cleveland is a bit Italian during the Feast of the Assumption. The event attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year. Admission is free.
The central event of the Feast of the Assumption is the procession on August 15, where the image of the Virgin Mary is carried throughout the neighborhood, accompanied by music and costumed protesters, young and old.
Arriving at the Feast of the Assumption
The Feast of the Assumption is located on Mayfield Road, between Euclid Ave. and the Cleveland Heights border. Parking is available in the side streets that line the festival. Alternatively, take the RTA Red Line (which runs from Hopkins Airport to downtown East Cleveland) to the Little Italy – University Circle stop (at the northeast corner of East 119th Street and Mayfield Road), one block from the heart of the festival celebration. . Many express stations offer free parking.