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2012 Italian Street Festival Canceled

Italian Street Festival

From the 2010 Italian Street Festival. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

The annual Italian Street Festival at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, near Eli Lilly & Co. in downtown Indianapolis, has become one of my personal favorites in recent years due to the neighborhood atmosphere, the great food, and (selfishly) for the wonderful photo opportunities for our Web site and blog (such as the photos herein!). And I consider it one of the very best ethnic festivals of the entire year in Indianapolis.

So it came as a shock earlier this week to learn that this nearly 30-year-old tradition at the parish, typically held the first weekend in June, has been put on hold for 2012, because the church cannot find an event organizer to replace David Page, the man who has single-handedly led this initiative since its inception in 1983.

For a more complete explanation of this unexpected development, visit Elizabeth J. Musgrave’s Gotta Go blog: http://gottagoelizabeth.blogspot.com/2012/03/holy-rosary-parish-cancels-italian.html.

UPDATE 9/20/2012: The “Taste of Italy” Street Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, from 3 PM to midnight, at Holy Rosary Parish. For more information, see our WordPress blog post here: https://aroundindy.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/taste-of-italy-street-festival-at-holy-rosary-church-oct-13/

In the meantime, here are a couple of my favorite photos from the Italian Street Festival. I hope it returns bigger and better in 2013!

Fettucine at the Italian Street Festival

Fettucine at the Italian Street Festival. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

Italian Street Festival meatballs

Italian Street Festival meatballs. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

Vegetable Lasagna at the Italian Street Festival

Vegetable Lasagna at the Italian Street Festival. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

Italian Street Festival Dessert

Italian Street Festival Dessert. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

  1. Anne Julian CT
    March 30, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I’ll be their with my shovel,and spade to twirl the fettucini and swirl in my mouth Looks yummy and a real winner Hurry someone to chair the event

  2. debbie robertson
    May 31, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Oh come on!!! All those parrish families and not one can step in and help David out? This is seriously sad. Did they not see this coming? Hello….Jim Caldwell.

  3. June 3, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Let the truth be told! Holy Rosary, ( The only Italian Parish in central Indiana), does not have enough registered parishoners to finacially support itself, over the long term.The sole purpose of the Holy Rosary Summer Italian Feastival was to have Italian families, from around Indiana, (not necessarily, members of Holy Rosary parish), to volunteer their services to suppor & work this event. The Page Family, as well as many others worked,planned and promoted this event, for the sole purpose of the proceeds being held for the preservation, upkeep, and secure the longevity & Italian Heritage of Holy Rosary, for years to come . The Holy Rosary Pastorial Group, were in total agreement with this policy from day one. Last year the Archdiocese decided to spread the proceeds from this event, to other parishes. Why should local area Hoosier Italian volunteers, work so hard to defeat the original purpose of the event? They decided not to! In the future, it will be interesting to see who will freely, work so hard to put on this event at the level of excellence it has maintained for the past quarter of a century. The age old story of greed!

    • J.Griffith
      June 3, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Well said Pete! I am deeply saddened by this cancelation!! I know that your family has put in a lot of hard work, for many years, and I know this is hard on you all. I pray that the Fest will resume as normal very soon! My family has attended each year for as long as I can remember (I am 30 years old), and it has been an enjoyable tradition for us!!

      • September 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm

        Please help us spread the word about the 2012 Taste of Italy festival! (See comment below)

    • June 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks for this input, Pete. I appreciate the insights.

    • Luigi
      February 21, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      Pete is molto torto!!! Holy Rosary is one of the few parishes is the Archdiocese that is debt free. Parishioners have volunteered since 1983 to make the festival possible, along with David page and Matthew Iaria. It has nothing to do with gree whatsoever. It has to do with a certain board member (Maggie Greene) serving 29 years without officially running for re-election – she served along her sister and son for many years. They violated a parish by-law where members only serve two years terms. Trying to reassemble the board on short notice wasn’t possible last spring when this occurred. You need to get your facts straight!

  4. Diana Armstrong Allen
    August 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Have know the Page and Iaria familes since the 70’s when laScala’s opened. Wonderful people. I am saddened by this as well. We have been to the festival countless times. I agree, why should eveyone else gain from someone elses hard work. Way to take a stand.

  5. September 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I am pleased to say that the Taste of Italy Street Festival will take place at Holy Rosasry this year on October 13, 2012. This festival will have live music all day, Italian food vendors, beer, wine and much more! This festival is a smaller, transitional festival presented by Iozzo’s Garden of Italy to fill a void until the original festival returns. Some proceeds of this smaller event will be dontated to Holy Rosary for the 2013 festival.

    Please help us to spread the word so this festival can be a success!

    Visit http://www.facebook.com/TasteofItalyFestival for more information.
    Contact: viozz@iozzos.com

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