Girard festival kicks off this week

GIRARD – The Girard Mount Carmel Festival will be held Friday to July 16 at the Italian Fraternal Home grounds, 33 W. Wilson Ave.

The annual summer event includes food, games, bingo, fireworks and nightly concerts and entertainment.

The parade is 10 a.m. July 16 with a Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Rose Church and a 1 p.m. ceremony at the Girard Cemetery. Fireworks are at 11 p.m. July 16 by Zambelli at the Girard-McDonald viaduct.

Free concerts schedule includes Perfect Pair at 7 p.m. Friday; DJ Steve from 5 to 7 and Blue Collar Band from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday; Girard Jazz Band from 4 to 6 and The Age from 8 to 11 p.m. Sunday; Common Ground from 8 to 11 p.m. Monday; Frank Gallo Band from 8 to 11 p.m. July 15; Girard Jazz Band from 5 to 7 p.m. and St. Margaret’s Blue Coat Band from 8 to 10:30 p.m. July 16.