|By Ray Lamont, Gloucester Daily Times, Mass.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
But make no mistake. When the 87th edition of
"The most important parts of it to me are the traditions," says
"In a lot of communities, people will move or travel far from home, and they usually come back to come together at Christmastime," Novello said. "In
"It is a religious event, it's a family event, it's a family fun event -- and we aim to keep it that way," he said. "It seems to have worked for 87 years, and we're not going to change it a whole lot now."
This year's Fiesta kicks off Wednesday with the
But it will culminate next Sunday, with a
By the time it is complete, the festival will both cost and bring in
There will be a few changes, Novello noted.
One will come in the course of the Fiesta 5K road race, which is co-sponsored and run by the
In the past, the race has both started and finished at the Fiesta grounds, based at the foot of
"It should just be a lot less congested and safer," Novello acknowledged, noting that the race has grown from an initial 30 runners to nearly 900 last year -- a crowd that packed the Fiesta grounds and the Square even before the race began.