According to an article in The Woodlawn Gazette, August 4, 1925, the first Saint Rocco celebration was a gala two-day event. The patron saint of Patrica, Italy was remembered by the 200 members of the Italian Political Citizens Club of Woodlawn with a high mass celebrated at St. Titus Roman Catholic Church.
The Woodlawn Band and members of the Italian organization marched from their hall on Plan 11 to and from St. Titus Church. Following the procession, dinner was served at noon.
Later in the afternoon, a program of races and other sport events featured prizes for the winners. Fireworks and band concerts completed the two-day event.
The present San Rocco Festa maintains this tradition with a 3-day event held the second weekend in August in Aliquippa. It features a mass & procession, musical concerts, fireworks, ethnic foods and pastries, children's activities and the unique "baby doll" dance.
We hope to see you there!