The 143rd Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel take place through Monday at St. Joseph Church in Hammonton.
The feast is the longest running Italian festival in the country and a Hammonton tradition since 1875. The feast features Italian specialties, Spanish food, a wine and beer garden, live entertainment and vendors.
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Jaime (Mom) Jake, Daniel and Michael Wuillermin from Hammonton
Madilyn Castine from Hammonton
Mason Thompson from Hammonton
Ilaria and Rocco Bellano from Hammonton
Joseph Pasquarello from Hammonton
Madison Agren and Katherine Julia from Hammonton
Melissa Durham from Hammonton
The 143rd Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Festival opened Tuesday at St. Joseph Church in Hammonton and runs through Our Lady’s Feast Day on July 16. The feast is the longest running Italian festival in the country and a Hammonton tradition since 1875. It features Italian specialties, a wine and beer garden, live entertainment and vendors. The festival concludes Monday with a series of Masses and a traditional procession through local streets where people attach donations to statues of saints.
Among those enjoying the rides Tuesday evening were Aubree Newsome, left, of Hammonton, and Rilynn and Hailey Ransom.
Jade Earle from Vineland (Minnie Mouse)
There is live music daily from 7 to 11 p.m. including 1960's, 1970's and 1980's music from the Mighty Parrot Band on Thursday, contemporary/light rock from InSeries on Saturday, rock from Suitcase Murphy on Sunday and classic rock/country from Gypsy Train on Monday.
The Karaoke Idol finals featuring DJ Bobby P. will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday with special guest judges.
A series of masses and prayer services will be held Monday at St. Joseph Church at 226 French St., including the Mt. Carmel Society Mass for Deceased Members at 9 a.m. and an Italian Mass followed by confession at 10:30 a.m.