Italians across the Bronx take part in annual tradition to honor patron saint

Italians from across the Bronx paid tribute Monday to the patron saint San Silverio - a tradition that began more than 80 years ago.

As part of the festivities, residents marched down the streets of Melrose to remember their heritage and American roots. San Silverio is the patron saint of Ponza, a small island off the coast of Naples. Although many have since moved out of the neighborhood, they still come back to take part in honoring Silverio.

Another procession will be held in Morris Park followed by a weekend celebration in upstate New York.

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