The annual Feast of St. Rocco returns to Glen Cove from Wednesday, July 7th – Sunday, July 10th, located located at Shore Ave, Oyster Bay. The fair features exciting carnival rides for all ages, plenty of delicious food including homemade Italian dishes and pastries, carnival games & prizes, and much more.
The Feast Day of San Rocco, also known as Saint Roch, the ‘plague saint’. As a fourteenth-century pilgrim, Rocco was famed for healing plague victims. Indeed, he died after contracting the disease whilst nursing the sick during an epidemic in Northern Italy. San Rocco is usually depicted lifting back his garments to reveal the plague bubo on his thigh and is often accompanied by a dog.
San Rocco was particularly venerated in Venice, where the plague was an ongoing and severe threat during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The saint’s Feast Day commemorated the end of a severe outbreak in 1576, as depicted in Canaletto’s The Feast Day of Saint Roch.