The Feast of Madonna del Monte Festival is an annual, time-honored tradition beloved by the citizens of Hazleton, Pennsylvania. The festival was initially inspired in 1900 by an Italian immigrant who raised money to import a statue of the Virgin Mary from Italy to donate to her parish, The Most Precious Blood church in Hazleton. For over 100 years her gift of the statue has been recognized by the citizens of Hazleton, who celebrate the event by carrying large floats on their shoulders, called “chints,” which house a statue of the Virgin Mary. Each family has a uniquely decorated chint that they parade down the main streets of Hazelton. Another tradition of the festival is drinking beer and alcohol along the parade route, stopping at the Knights of Columbus bar for shots of Jim Beam which is typically followed by a large Italian meal.
Feast of The Madonna Del Monte