Little Italy crowds greet procession
27 July, 2018
The annual Little Italy procession brings the community together. Picture: Dawn Foster
CLERKENWELL’S streets were lined with crowds for the annual Little Italy procession at the weekend.
Hundreds gathered to follow the parade, with floats, in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
The procession is believed to have begun in the 1880s with permission from Queen Victoria, becoming the first Roman Catholic public event since the 16th century Reformation.
The area got its name from the many Italian migrants who made their homes there in the late 19th century. Sunday’s hour-long parade started at St Peter’s Italian Church and featured depictions of the Lady of Pompeii and the resurrection of Lazarus.
Modesto Tondelli, who has helped organise the event since he was a teenager, said it helped unite the Italian community.
The 69-year-old said: “The tradition is a focal point in the year, bringing together people who don’t live near the church any more.”