CLINTON, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — For the 55th year, the streets of Clinton, Indiana are filled with colors of the Italian flag as they prepare for their Little Italy Festival.
This event first started in 1966 but was cancelled last year due to COVID.
Italian and American flags flood the downtown streets as organizers and community members are putting the finishing touches on this year’s Little Italy Festival.
Preparations for this event began in January as organizers wanted to be as prepared as possible for residents and guests who will be in town.
The festival will run from Friday to Monday with the parade being on Friday. The parade isn’t the only treat the Little Italy Festival Board has planned for guests.
Clinton Mayor Jack Gilfoy Jr. says not only does the festival bring the city together but it is great for the community economically.
“It brings a lot of people in the community and a lot of people that have attended high school here come back for the class reunions,” Mayor Gilfoy Jr. said. “They come here to visit friends and the restaurants, they do very well this time of year. it just brings a lot of activity and money into the city on Clinton.”
The mayor says he is proud of the way the community has persevered through COVID circumstances to have this event and bring joy to the community.