Festival season starts with Archdiocese 175th anniversary celebration on May 4
Summer festival season is just about upon us – and the start date is in sight with the announcement of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's 175th anniversary celebration, hosted in Cathedral Square from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.
The event, dubbed 175 Alive, will begin at Pere Marquette Park with a performance from the Marquette University gospel choir, as well as a commemoration of Bishop John Henni's landfall in Milwaukee 175 years from Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki – complete with Listecki arriving at the event by boat – and Marquette University president Dr. Michael Lovell.
After a procession down Kilbourn Avenue, the festivities will continue at Cathedral Square Park and the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist with a celebratory mass, as well as food trucks, the Sprecher Traveling Beer Garden, a performance from polka band Squeezettes, games and more.
Here's the schedule of events for 175 Alive:
- 9:30 a.m.: MU gospel choir performance and commemoration of Bishop Henni from Archbishop Listecki and Dr. Lovell at Pere Marquette Park
- 10:20 a.m.: Procession down Kilbourne Avenue to the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
- 11 a.m.: Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
- 11:30 a.m.: Food trucks and the traveling beer garden open until the festival ends at 4 p.m.
- 12:15 p.m.: Opening prayer and remarks from Archbishop Listecki
- 12:30 p.m.: Cathedral tours until 3:30 p.m., as well as yard games and performances from Squeezettes until close
- 1-3 p.m.: Three-on-three youth basketball tournament
For more information on the anniversary event, visit the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's website. And for more festival updates, stay tuned to OnMilwaukee.
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