PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN Sunday, September 4, 2016; St. Rocco Parish Procession of the Saints: Following the noon mass, St. Rocco clergy and parishioners carry statues of saints and march down Newark to W. 38th and return to the church at 3205 Fulton Road via Hyde Avenue. Pastor Rev. James Mayer created a new position this year “Il Padrone della Festa” to honor a dedicated parish volunteer. The first honoree to be named “Il Padrone della Festa” is parishioner Ducky Sforzo. During the procession, the honoree, Ducky Sforzo, was chauffeured in a red convertible.
PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN Monday, September 5, 2016; St. Rocco Parish Festival Greasy Pole Climb, 3205 Fulton Road: A member of “Team Dempsey” celebrates after reaching the top of the greasy pole to win a $3,000 prize. This year’s prize was especially large because no team reached the top of the pole in the past two contests.
PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN Monday, September 5, 2016; St. Rocco Parish Festival, 3205 Fulton Road: Matthew Tullos, Loretta Endo, Bob Andel, Jayson Harry, Pat Camp, Jim Konczos and Kelley George celebrate while watching the Greasy Pole Climbing contest. Tullos, who grew up in the neighborhood and now lives in Old Brooklyn, says he is thinking about putting together a team for next year’s contest.