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Fun at the Feast: Italian Festival Kicks off at Epiphany Parish

Epiphany Parish’s Italian Feast of the Assumption at the Jersey Shore continues in its third year in Brick.

Epiphany Parish in the township’s Herbertsville section kicked off its third annual Italian Feast of the Assumption at the Jersey Shore on Wednesday, featuring rides, games and rows of Italian food vendors.

“It’s modeled after the ones in Hudson County, all of the old fashioned feasts in Jersey City, Hoboken, such as St. Ann’s in Hoboken, Assumption in Bayonne, St. Bridget in Jersey City,” said Joe Mignone, one of the feast’s organizers.

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The Roman Catholic parish had hosted a small carnival for many years, but in 2012 looked to make a change. It began, Mignone explained, with expanding food offerings and grew from there.

“We decided to bring in food vendors, all of whom were Italian, and it really just evolved into an Italian festival,” Mignone said.

The feast runs every night through Saturday and also features entertainment, including The Elderly Brothers, an oldies group, performing on Thursday. Friday night features comedian Eric Tartaglione and on Saturday, the Italian feast goes Irish with Mike Byrne and Devrin Academy Dancers performing in the afternoon. A strolling Italian street band will perform Saturday night.

“Saturday is the most important day when we have our Novena Mass and procession,” Mignone said.

The Mass will be held at 5 p.m. in the church.

The festival will run Thursday and Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 12 noon to 10 p.m. Epiphany Parish is located at 615 Thiele Road, Brick.

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