Let it ride! A night out at the OLG feast

Thousands come out to spin and scream, with zeppole on the side

In Old Howard Beach, summer is like a roller coaster.

When the feast at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church opens in July, it means summer has reached the top of the hill and is about to plunge down.

Started in the early ’80s by the International Society of Saints Cosmas and Damian to benefit the parish school, it has since been taken over by the parish itself and grown into a bright-lights, five-night event.

This year’s feast featured more than 20 rides — from kiddie cars to the gravity-defying Zipper — as well as games, cotton candy, a different band every night, a cigar roller and, of course, zeppole.