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Feast of St. Rocco under way in Glen Cove

Jessica Granieri, 15, of Kings Park, left, and

Jessica Granieri, 15, of Kings Park, left, and Melissa Monteforte, 29, of Locust Valley enjoy a carnival ride at the Feast of St. Rocco celebration in Oyster Bay on Friday. (July 13, 2012) Credit: Michael Cusanelli

St. Rocco was a 14th Century nobleman who embraced poverty in plague-ravaged France and Italy.

He's honored during the Feast of St. Rocco, which begins tonight in Glen Cove. I have eaten my way through countless feasts on Long Island, in New York City, and pretty much anywhere the possibility of a bag of zeppoli leads me.

I especially recommend a visit to this one, where I've enjoyed each mouthful, accompanied by red wine that floats cuts of fresh peach. That's except when I'm deeply involved with cannoli and sfogliatelle, when it's coffee time.

All of which means, it has been a long time since I've gone on any of the rides.

Fireworks are slated for dusk on Friday.

The procession with St. Rocco's statue will take place on Sunday after the 10 a.m. mass.

And the festivities go through Sunday. Admission is free. For additional information: 516-759-2781.

Mangia bene.

Easy riders at the Feast.

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