according to people affiliated with the Greater Youngstown Italian Fest, almost 40,000 visited downtown during the three-day festival.
stretching throughout downtown youngstown - the neighborhood the whole city shares - were people of all races enjoying the rides, the music, the food and the fellowship.
I mean, this place was really jumping. The biggest outdoor gathering in the downtown in a long, long time.
Three days of no rain and comfortable evenings helped push attendance I'm sure, but events like these makes one say:
"we're back, baby"
but while you're here to see the photos of the espresso and biscotti tent,
as well as the bands' uniforms,
the adoration of the blessed virgin,
and sculpture amid skyscrapers . . .
. . . here is a question to leave you with:
one of the discussions overheard during the weekend included if the festivals like this one should stay downtown, or move a few streets over to the Chevy Centre were there may be more space, less having to close streets, and not the immediate need to set up and take down right away.
What do you think about this?
Should these festivals stay downtown, even with the benefits of moving them to another spot? Why?
Leave a comment please . . .
after you watch this video (which at the end shows proof of the rehabilitation of the Realty Building into downtown housing)