3rd annual Albanian street fair coming to the Bronx

The Annual Gjergj Kastrioti Skenderbeu Street Fair will return to the neighborhood for its third year on Sunday, May 19th from 12pm to 6pm to celebrate Albania’s history, tradition, culture, and its connections to Italy. Hosted by the Albanian American Open Hand Association Inc. (AAOHA) and sponsored by the Belmont Business Improvement District, the street fair will take place on the corner of Crescent Avenue and Arthur Avenue. Visitors of all ages are invited to join in the celebration which will feature traditional foods, entertainment, games, children’s activities, and more.

The strong relationship between Albanians and Italians pervades throughout the Bronx Little Italy community. For many years, Albanians have lived, shopped, and owned businesses here including Prince Coffee House, Déa-An Authentic Eatery, Bato Coffee & Wine, Çakor Restaurant, and Çka Ka Qellu, and Albanian clientele continue to support the community and patronize the small businesses along Arthur Avenue.

The Gjergj Kastrioti Skenderbeu Street Fair is held every year in honor of the Albanian military commander and national hero who led a 25-year-long rebellion against the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century. During this time, Skenderbeu formed many important regional alliances to Italian territories and after his death, many Albanians found refuge in Southern Italy following the subsequent Ottoman invasion. The descendants of these refugees, the Arberesh, constitute one of the largest linguistic minorities in Italy today.

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