Annual Italian Market Festival
Philadelphia’s South 9th Street Italian Market is the nation’s oldest outdoor market. Our merchants invite you to join them in a one-of-a-kind celebration on the 3rd weekend in May. It’s an extravaganza for the senses — streets lined with vendors offering every Italian delicacy possible, live entertainment, fun contests and more! Come on down for a cant’-miss day of family fun.
For full event details, Sponsors, Exhibitor information & applications, and Press information please visit italianmarketfestival.com
PROCESSION OF THE SAINTS
On the 3rd Sunday in May coinciding with the Italian Market Festival is the Procession of Saints, a Roman Catholic tradition, mostly seen in parishes that have an Italian history and heritage. St. Paul Parish in the Italian Market, holds a procession on the Sunday of the festival weekend where parishioners carry approximately 20 statues of saints, including two Blessed Mother statues throughout the neighborhood. Children who have recently made the sacrament of First Holy Communion are invited to honor the saints by wearing their fine white First Holy Communion attire.
Also, a “May Queen,” traditionally a young girl from the parish, crowns the Blessed Mother with flowers during the 10:00 am mass at St Mary’s. Legend has it that May is “Mary’s Month” because it is traditionally when spring flowers are in bloom.
Festival Map & Parking 2012
Promote Your Business
The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival provides an excellent opportunity for you to get your brand, products or services in front of approximately 100,000 people per day.
Exhibitors receive a 10×10 space, tent, two 6′ tables and two chairs for both days of the festival. The fee is $1500, and exhibitors must provide proof of insurance and comply with all License and Inspection requirements.
Exhibitor and Sponsorship Fees help us to offset many of the costs associated with the Festival. Street closures, sanitation facilities, refuse handling and clean-up, health officials, additional police security for the large crowds, medical and ambulance personnel, event permits, advertising, and so many other things.