LITTLE ITALY -- The Feast of the Assumption will wrap up Sunday on Mayfield Road in Little Italy and WKYC Reporter Wale Aliyu was out with restaurant owners getting ready for the final night of the busy weekend.
"I got tomorrow off," said Frank Sara, baker at Baker at Presti's Bakery. "And then Tuesday we have to fill everything back up."
For David Anthony, owner of Anthony's of Little Italy, this is their 16th Feast.
"For us, it's about a four-day sprint. It's not a marathon. It's a sprint," Anthony said. "We run pretty hard from Thursday through Sunday. I think I've been averaging about 3 1/2 hours of sleep at night for the last few nights but Monday we will catch up."
The Feast started Thursday at 6 p.m. and will run until Sunday night at 11 p.m.
"Tonight we close the feast with a candlelight procession and honor her (Virgin Mary) and the streets will be filled with people expressing their faith and walking up and down Mayfield Road with a statue of the Blessed Virgin as we did on Friday on the Feast of the Assumption and we will close it with a prayer service here at the top of the church steps and conclude it with a fireworks display," said Holy Rosary Church Pastor Fr. Joe Previte.
"It's a tradition that goes back over a century and it's really about our faith and the fact that we believe Mary was assumed into heaven both body and soul and we are celebrating that as the first fruits of the Resurrection."
There were 100,000 people expected this weekend.