I get excited when I hear the phrase "Dating back to..." Dating back to means tradition and I, well, I'm a traditional guy. This weekend I made my way to the Italian Market Festival to celebrate the nation's oldest outdoor market. My favorite event is the procession of saints, which begins at St. Mary Magdalen Church, where my great grandparents and grandparents were married, and continues up 9th Street to St. Paul Church. When combined with music from La Banda Verdi (Organized in 1920), other music acts and food stands galore, the festival makes for a tradition I like to take part in year after year.
Here are a few shots from this year's festival.