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Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Feast of St. Anthony Festival Committee

June is the month when Pittsburghers know they can finally stop worrying about frost in their gardens, safely put away the heavy jackets, and attend all the festivals which blossom in our city. This Sunday, June 9th, is the Pittsburgh Feast of St. Anthony Festival. It’s a traditional Italian festival celebrating St. Anthony, the beloved patron saint of lost objects.

The Feast of St. Anthony Festival will take place in the Strip District (21st and Smallman Streets). The festivities start at Noon and run until 8:00 PM.

Festival highlights include:

  • Mass in Italian (2:00 PM)
  • Statue of St. Anthony Procession Through The Strip (starting around 3:00 PM)
  • Salami Soccer Game
  • Homemade Wine Contest (Bring a bottle if you make your own – $50 prize)
  • Spaghetti Eating Contest (No hands allowed!)

And of course there will be food, music, dancing, and alcohol throughout — so come and make a day of it!

(The 501(c)3 festival committee raises money for the St. Stanislaus Kotska Church in Pittsburgh’s Strip District and various other Italian charities in Pittsburgh and Italy.)

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Devotion, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Lorianne DiSabato’s photostream