Feast of Mother Cabrini Festival returns following pandemic pause
The Feast of Mother Cabrini was back in Brentwood Saturday for the first time in two years.
The food was back and people enjoyed the rides at the Suffolk County Community College celebration after the pandemic put the festival on pause for the past couple of years.
People said that they were delighted to celebrate once again.
"I've been here every single year. Obviously not during COVID, but I've been here every single year," enthused Bay Shore resident Celena Jimenez.
The Feast of Mother Cabrini Festival has been a tradition here on Long Island for nearly 50 years. It's been a family tradition for Jimenez and her family.
"It means everything. It's what we do as a family. We go to carnivals and this is the most important carnival we go to," she added.
The festival also featured plenty of entertainment and rides for people of all ages. Some like Kenneth Jimenez, of Bay Shore, enjoyed the food.
"Sausage Mike -- the best sausage you can get ever and the zeppole guy over here. Unbelievable," he said.
Salvatore Bisulca, president of the Giuseppe A. Nigro Lodge, has run the festival for the past seven years, which he said raises money for charities.
"It takes care of a lot of organizations and it does the right thing with donations," Bisulca said. He added that he also loves organizing the festival and had been a part of his life on Long Island.
"I grew up Italian. My father, my mother, my grandparents. I used to come here when I was 10 years old. I lived in Brentwood, graduated from Brentwood and all of my friends are here," he said.
In addition to all the activities, there were a couple of events people looked forward to, like the fireworks on Saturday night.
Revelers said they look forward to the zeppole eating contest next Saturday.