Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The first day back from (an all too brief) vacation was a day of festivals in Trenton, pointing out the changing demographic in the Chambersburg section of the city which was born of Italian immigration starting in the early twentieth century. New school and old school. First was the city's inaugural Ecuadorian Parade. It was quite large for the first time out, taking its place among Trenton's St. Patrick's Day Parade, Columbus Day Parade and Puerto Rican Day Parade. The Grupo de Danza Familia Unida, (dance group called United Family) from Brooklyn, New York, certainly added color.

Later in the afternoon was the continuation of a 102-year-old tradition, the procession of a statue of the Madonna and Child through the streets of Chambersburg. There remains a shrinking, but faithful core of Italian-Americans centered, as were the first immigrants, around Immaculate Conception Church.