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2015 Procession and Sagra
St Peter's procession on Sunday the 19th was blessed by a gorgeous sunny day. Hundreds of people joyfully participated to the procession and to the sagra. We spoke with Peter Bertoncini, organiser of the Procession and Michele Morena, organiser of the Sagra. They were extremely satisfied and considered this year's procession and sagra a big success. This year's edition was also honoured by the participation of the Nunzio Apostolico, Antonio Mennini.
The Procession and Sagra of St Peter's Church is the most renowned event of the Italian community in London. It's difficult to count the editions of the Procession, because it has been running annually from 1884 and was suspended only during the world wars, so approximately, if we count the years leaving out the period of the wars, this should have been the 123rdcelebration of the procession of Our lady of Mount Carmel in London.
St Peter's Procession is believed to have been the first outdoor Roman Catholic religious event held in England since the Reformation in the sixteenth century and it celebrates the heritage of the local Italian community church. The procession has changed quite a lot in the last decades. There were more children participating before because there was a school near the church, children were more involved in the church activities and the Italian community lived in Clerkenwell, the area surrounding the church. Since the Anglo-Italians left the area and bought houses all over London the procession and sagra have changed and many groups disappeared.
The procession through the streets of Clerkenwell always includes floats with tableaux showing Biblical scenes. The floats and the scenes are different every year. This year Peter Bertoncini was particularly satisfied with the last float, Our Lady of Mount Carmel with 9 people representing the scene.
The preparation of the procession and sagra took 4 weeks plus meetings during the year, and in the last 2 weeks the volunteers involved, Peter Bertoncini, Anna Giacon, secretary of procession and sagra, Michele Morena, Nick Morena, Modesto Tondelli, Alessandra Tondelli,Teresa Morena worked for the event full time.
The sagra was full of people eating and dancing to the music of the DJ set. This year, differently from the previous editions, amongst the many food stalls there was also a barbecue. There were also 25 stands including one selling Olive Besagni's book “A better life” and the newly published book, “The Arandora Star Tragedy - 75 Years On, London’s Italian Community Remembers”. Toys for children were also available.
Michele Morena announced some novelties for next year, one of which could be an exposition of old cars.
For all who couldn't attend the event this was the Order of Procession 2015:
1 The Cross of Peace
3 San Francesco & Santa Caterina - Patron Saints of Italy
4 Italian Regional Costumes
5 The Four Evangelists
6 Float San Vincenzo Pallotti
7 Assoc Consorelle del Sacro Cuore
8 Statue Madonna dei Miracoli di Mussomeli
9 Assoc Enfield, Hoddesdon, Ponders End, Waltham Cross,Walton on Thames & Woking
11 Assoc Lucchesi nel Mondo
12 Statue Madonna del Soccorso
13 Assoc Federazione Maestri del Lavoro
16 Queen of All Saints
17 Assoc Birmingham
18 Statue San Calogero
19 Assoc Parmigiani Val Ceno
20 Float The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
21 Assoc Parmigiani Val Taro
22 Statue Madonna di Fatima
23 Assoc Luton and Dunstable
24 Float The Baptism of Christ
25 Assoc Sutton, Croydon and Epsom with Sant’ Antonio
26 Statue Santa Lucia
27 Assoc Peterborough
28 Statue Madonna Nera
29 The Way of the Cross
30 Float La Addolorata
31 Assoc Madonna della Neve
32 Statue Santa Franca
33 Assoc Piacenza Insieme
34 Statue San Michele
35 Float The Resurrection of Christ
36 Statue San Francesco di Paola
37 Assoc Aylesbury
38 Statue Santa Rita
39 Christ with the First Communicants
40 Statue Sant’ Antonio
41 Float Madonna dell Rosario
42 Assoc St Peter's Youth Club
43 Assoc Teams from the O.G.I.
44 Assoc Gruppo di Preghiera di Padre Pio
45 Float Our Lady of Mount Carmel
46 Confratelli del SS Sacramento
47 The Clergy and Religious