SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Onondaga County residents are mixing pasta and politics this Election Day.
Our Lady of Pompei is hosting its 70th annual Election Day Spaghetti Supper where politicians from around the county including Congressman John Katko, incumbent District Attorney William Fitzpatrick, and Mayor Ben Walsh gather to mingle with community members.
Lucy Paris, the development director at the Cathedral Academy of Pompei, said while it is Election Day, people leave their politics at the door and gather as a community for a meal.
“It’s really not about who’s Republican and who’s Democrat, it’s really just one big happy family. It’s the end of the road for elections, it’s the end of the road for candidates and now its just breaking bread together,” Paris said.
Pete Ludden, a resident of Onondaga County, has brought his son and grandsons to the spaghetti dinner for the past three years before going out to vote. He said the day provides the children with a first-hand learning experience.
“I think it is very important that the kids learn the process and learn the importance of getting out and voting. After we finish eating, I’ll be taking them where I vote and they will see me do that and I hope it will instill in them the need to get out there and be involved and at least vote every year,” Ludden said.
Community members can stop by the Cathedral Academy at Pompei school in Syracuse from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on November 5th for the Spaghetti Supper.