Photos: St. Jude Italian Festival celebrates opening night

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Stewart Amusement provides the rides at the St. Jude Italian Festival.

MONROE, CT — Children slid down a giant slide on opening night of St. Jude Parish’s annual Italian Festival Wednesday, and played on rides like the Scrambler and the Orlando. Others played games, shopped and listened to music.

Workers in the food booths busily prepared treats like sausage and peppers and pizza fritta, along with cotton candy, snow cones and other sweets.

The festival, which is the church’s biggest fundraiser, will continue to be held on the parish grounds at 707 Monroe Turnpike every evening through Saturday. It will run from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight (Thursday) and Friday, and from 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday.

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