Elorza hosts Providence’s annual St. Joseph’s Day celebration

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Christians all over the country celebrated the feast of St. Joseph on Thursday — and Providence was no exception.

The city held its annual event commemorating the patron saint of workers and the Italian-American culture this afternoon.

The day included musical performances, speeches from honorary guests, and zeppoles of course!

Mayor Jorge Elorza hosted the event for the first time since becoming mayor.

“It’s a day when we can pause for a moment and reflect back on all the contributions that Italians and Italo-Americans have made here to our city, to our state and to our country as a whole,” he said.

Mayor Elorza says there are roughly 200,000 Italian-Americans living in Rhode Island — the highest percentage in the country.

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