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Feast of the Assumption celebration in Little Italy canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

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Posted at 8:26 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 20:36:36-04

CLEVELAND — The annual Feast of the Assumption celebration that takes place in Cleveland’s Little Italy has been canceled for 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns, according to a news release from the mayor’s office and the Holy Rosary Parish.

The yearly event draws crowds from all across Northeast Ohio as well visitors from around the country. The event has been held in Little Italy for 121 years.

“Having reviewed all available data at this time, we have decided to cancel the Feast of the Assumption street festival for 2020. This has been a difficult but necessary decision,” said Mayor Frank Jackson, Fr. Joseph Previte and Ward 6 Councilman Blaine A. Griffin in the news release. “The health and safety of our volunteers, vendors, and participants is our highest priority.”

Officials cited safety recommendations by the Ohio Department of Health regarding large public gatherings.

Holy Rosary said that it still plans on celebrating the Solemnity of the Assumption on Aug. 15, and “if possible, given all safety and health considerations,” will hold a procession on that day. A final decision about the procession will happen on a later date.

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