Rita’s Offers Free Italian Ice on First Day of Spring

Winter weather can't shake the celebration of spring, which residents are celebrating with free treats from Rita's Italian Ice.

Hundreds of people have passed through Rita's on New Britain Avenue for a free scoop that seems better suited to six months from now.

But as of 6:45 p.m. Friday, it's officially spring, and Rita's won't let a little snow shake a tradition 23 years strong.

"It's a little cold but the best things in life are free," said customer Sam Bolorin.

Rita's locations around the country, including 11 in Connecticut, are offering free Italian ice until 9 p.m. Find a store near you.

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