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Holy feast draws faithful to Bergen Beach

Brooklyn Daily

Paul Giordano, Stephen Scarpaci and Michael Mione marked the occasion with a fat stogie each, while perky Marine Park tot Alissa Cinalli, 3, waved cheerily from a fire engine red amusement ride — all of them celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Bergen Beach on Sunday with their fellow faithful.

The revelry wrapped up a four-day Catholic observance at St. Bernard’s Church, complete with a street procession and special holy services in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s revelation of a scapular to St. Simon Stock, on July 16, 1251 — a piece of clothing which became an integral part of the habits of Carmelite monks.

The only habits visible last Sunday, though, were ones woven from simple pleasures and family fun.

Carnival-style attractions drew the young at heart, while vendors hawked food, toys and collectibles along Veterans Avenue between Avenues T and E. 71st Street, and E. 69th Street between Veterans Avenue and Avenue U.

The festive frolic was coordinated with help from the Knights of Columbus’ St. Bernard Council 14269.

“I was dancing in the streets,” said Flatlands visitor Amy Mercer. “What a great way to end a religious celebration!”

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