The Feast of the Assumption is Little Italy's annual street party held in the month of August. The Feast is a popular event in Cleveland with a unique combination of secular and religious fun, filled with carnival rides, food and music. The four day event marks the celebration of the Catholic Day of Assumption when Virgin Mary died and assumed the place beside Jesus.
The festival is a Catholic holiday and 15 August is Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholicism religion. The Feast of Assumption is one of Cleveland's best community get-togethers and has two purposes. First is that people celebrate the departure of Mary from the Earth and the second is the assumption of her body in the heaven with Jesus Christ. The statue of Virgin Mary is also carried throughout the neighborhood during the Feast of Assumption festival. The festival is a general celebration of the Italian neighborhood of Cleveland and Italian culture.
The street fair takes place every year at the Mayfield Road which is located between Euclid Avenue and the Cleveland Heights. The four day event is a fantastic mix of the religious and secular fun. The full length of Mayfield Road is closed off during the festival due to traffic. And the place is filled with carnival rides, art and craft booths and vendors serving delicious Italian-themed food. The traditional food is also available such as cavatelli, Italian sausage, pizza and lemon ice.
Every year the Feast of Assumption draws more than 100,000 visitors and is one of the popular festivals in Cleveland. Just like everyone becomes a little Irish on St. Patrick's Day, they are a little Italian during the Feast of Assumption. There is also live music performed throughout the festival (ranging from religious to hard rock) and the festival also includes many casino games and fireworks at night attracting visitors from all around. The Cleveland festival is an enjoyable Italian street fair with food, rides, live music and lots of fun.