San Pellegrino Martire Festa 2019
The Festa continues to grow
Staying connected to our culture and creating new memories is what people search for. Often we speak of times gone by and things we did when we were younger with deep fondness and often a touch of sadness as we believe those times have passed us by. And for people who had attended the San Pellegrino Festa as children or young adults, well, thats exactly how the Festa was seen. An entire generation had never been to the Festa in Adelaide.
This year's Festa, the fourth Festa held since the revival back in 2017, has clearly shown what the Festa means to those who organise, attend and participate in the event.
A new generation now has the opportunity to have a deeper connection to their parents and grandparents as they immerse themselves in the traditions of the San Pellegrino Festa. These traditions go deeper than the food and fireworks. Following the footsteps of the Battenti as they walk to the church is what many associate with the Festa. It is the Festa.
A full house packed the Annunciation Church, Hectorville, to celebrate the San Pellegrino mass. Fr Anthony Adanai and Fr Michael Romeo led the procession into the Church which was then followed by the Battenti. Many may remember the path of the Battenti in years gone by as they departed the Altavilla Club and made there was to St. Ignatius church, Norwood. Over the past four years the Battenti make their way from Meals on Wheels to the Annunciation Church. A loud bang signals the arrival of the Battenti and they then begin to make their way into the church, crouching on all fours, slowly and passionately, to the statue of San Pellegrino.
At the conclusion of the mass many patrons stayed to enjoy the offerings outside. The weather was kind this year and our return to the rear of the church allowed better access to church-goers.
As the afternoon festivities began the people returned in their droves. The entertainment this year had both new and some old faces returning. The music started with The Sopronos in the early afternoon, followed by Claudia Migliaccio returning for her fourth performance. Unity Trio preceded I Due Giovanni in the early evening to greet those heading down to the Festa for dinner.
Amici Della Campagna took to the stage as the penultimate act. If you thought one face in particular was familiar, you'd be right. Paul Piantadosi, guitar player for the band, was at the Festa the year before in the band for Elvis Tribute artist, and Adelaide's own, Mark Anthony.
The final act was performed by Alfredo Malabello. The crowd were in great voice and spirit and left wanting more.
Casting your eye over the ground it was clear that the Festa is not just for the Altavillesi and their descendants. It is truly a Festa and community event for all. A mix of ages and nationalities all enjoying the festivities as one. And that's what any great event is about.
The fireworks brought the day to a successful end. All those involved were able to turn and exchange a smile with each other in acknowledgement of a job well done.
If you are reading this and have never been to the Festa - or perhaps haven't been since 'the old days' - come down and see what all the fuss is about. Traditional Italian food and hospitality in the heart of Adelaide. Third Sunday in January.
For all those who were at the Festa - we thank you and look forward to having your support again next time.
Our gratitude goes to all the hardworking volunteers and our generous sponsors. Without you the San Pellerino Festa would be nothing more than a memory. You have all helped bring it alive.