Boston North End Tourism

North End, Boston 108 Insider Tips, Photos and Reviews  April 24, 2015 – 06:45 pm

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Since 1919, Saint Anthony’s Feast and the Festival of Santa Lucia have been celebrated on the weekend of the last Sunday of August and feature colorful parades, strolling singers, the Filippo Berio Culinary Pavilion, Italian folk dancing, the Pizzeria Regina Open Air Piazza, continuous live entertainment and religious and cultural services.

Pushcarts line the decorated streets, offering sausage with peppers & onions, calamari, quahogs, pasta, cannoli, zeppole, handmade torrone and gelato, Italian gifts and novelties. Children of all ages can enjoy games of skill and small amusements.

The highlight of the weekend is the Grand Procession on Sunday. The statue of Saint Anthony is carried through the streets of the North End with marching bands, drum & bugle corps, & color guards. The procession culminates with the return of Saint Anthony as confetti, streamers and balloons cascade from the rooftops.

Whether you are out for a night on the town or with the family, this Feast is a delight for all who attend. Spend some time in the North End the most Authentic of Italian Street Festivals: The Feast of Saint Anthony and Santa Lucia. Highlights:

•Opening Ceremonies: exposition and procession of the Statue of Saint Anthony and the blessing of the crowds and streets.
•Grand Procession of Saint Anthony through the streets of the North End. (Sunday-12 Noon)
•The Filippo Berio Culinary Pavilion-featuring Boston’s best chefs.
•Peroni Beer and world famous pizza at the Pizzeria Regina Open Air Piazza
•Outdoor Celebration of the Mass, Blessing with the Relic of Saint Anthony & Distribution of Blessed Saint Anthony Bread
•Benvenuti Parade with classic Italian street bands and strolling singers
•The Mix 98.5 North End Idol Contest on the Main Stage
•Continuous entertainment and musical performances on the main stage.
•Closing Ceremonies – Saint Anthony is returned to his home and the statue of Saint Lucy is presented, all by vigil candlelight.

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