Thursday, Aug 22, 2019 5:00p -
Sunday, Aug 25, 2019 11:00p
Thacher St and Endicott St
Boston, MA 02114
Date Idea, Festivals & Fairs, Food, Kid Friendly, Music, Performing Arts
Each year the people of the North End invite you to celebrate with them as they honor their patrons Saint Anthony and Saint Lucy with colorful parades, religious services, strolling singers, live entertainment and of course an abundance of great Italian and American food.
Begun in 1919, by Italian immigrants from the small town of Montefalcione in Avellino, Saint Anthony’s Feast has become the largest Italian Religious Festival in New England. Named the “Feast of all Feasts” by National Geographic Magazine, this authentic Italian street festival has it all for people of every age: parades, strolling singers, live entertainment, contests and religious services are held daily.
Visitors stroll the beautifully decorated streets sampling the best Italian street foods from 100 pushcarts enjoying arancini, sausage peppers & onion, quahogs, calamari, pizza, pasta and of course zeppole, cannoli, and gelato. Guests can also browse the wide selection of souvenir keepsakes and mementos.
The highlight of the Feast is the ten-hour procession of the Statue of Saint Anthony through the streets of the North End accompanied by devotees, numerous marching bands and floats. The Statue of the Saint returns to his chapel as confetti and streamers cascade from the rooftops.
Other events include: The Filippo Berio Culinary Pavilion featuring cooking demonstrations and sampling from the North End and Boston’s most fabulous restaurant, an annual Open Air Mass in honor of Saint Anthony, including the veneration and individual blessing of the Relic of Saint Anthony and the distribution of blessed Saint Anthony Bread.
The magazine of Italian Food Wine & Culture said Saint Anthony’s Feast is “a spectacle not to be missed!” Saint Anthony’s Feast is held annually on the weekend of the last Sunday of August.
The tradition and customs of honoring Saint Anthony of Padua in the North End of Boston date back to early part of the twentieth century and the large numbers of southern Italian immigrants that reached the shores of America at that time. Hundreds of thousands of poor European immigrants flooded the urban centers of northeastern United States. In Boston, these immigrants settled in the North End. These immigrants brought with them the customs and traditions that they celebrated in their homeland for centuries. A group of men from the small mountain town of Montefalcione, Avellino, just east of Naples in the Campagnia region of Italy founded what is known as today as the San Antonio Di Padova Da Montefalcione, Inc. Since 1919, as is done in Montefalcione on the weekend of the last Sunday of August the Saint Anthony and Saint Lucy Societies and the people of the North End celebrate the Feasts of Saint Anthony and Saint Lucy.
Saint Anthony's Feast Weekend Schedule
Festivities begin Thursday evening with the Feast of Santa Lucia, and continues all weekend with the Feast of Saint Anthony on Friday, Saturday & Sunday!
North End – Boston
Endicott, Thacher & North Margin Streets
Thursday, August 23rd
Opening Ceremonies & Procession of the Feast of Santa Lucia - Exposition & blessing of the Statue of Santa Lucia and devotees. The Statue of Santa Lucia will then be brought in solemn procession through the streets of the North End accompanied by Italian street bands, flower girls and color guard.
Dance & sing along to the sounds of Vinyl Groove. Get up and dance while enjoying an old-fashioned feast night in the neighborhood!
A candlelight procession will welcome the statue of Santa Lucia back to outdoor chapel for her overnight vigil.
Filippo Berio Culinary Stage & Tasting Tent - Featuring Boston’s best chefs showcasing their “Cucina Italiana” - stop by for some fabulous demonstrations & tastings of Filippo Berio Olive Oil, Pesto, and Balsamic Glaze varieties.
Regina Pizzeria Open Air Piazza - Enjoy an imported ice cold Stella Artois Beer or a glass of Stella Rosa Wine, and of course a slice of their world famous pizza.
Dragone Cheese Tasting Tent - Drop by for unique recipe suggestions and enjoy selections of sumptuous fresh mozzarella, ricotta and aged parmesan uniquely prepared for the feast. Dragone Cheese will also host a photo booth and children's activities.
Friday, August 24th
Enjoy lunch and the afternoon at the Feast while listening to traditional feast music by the Ray Cavicchio Orchestra on the main stage.
2:00 - 7:00 PM
LIVE from the Feast it’s the Mix 104.1 FM Afternoon Drive Team. Drop by and say hello and have some laughs with Gregg Daniels, Fast Freddy & Amanda Giles, join in the fun and win some special prizes, brought to you by Dragone Cheese.
Members of the societies take the statue Santa Lucia in procession to St. Leonard Peace Garden to greet our Parish priests and accompany them to the feast for opening ceremonies.
7:00 PM - ST. ANTHONY'S FEAST
Opening Ceremonies of St. Anthony’s Feast - The exposition and blessing of the statue of Saint Anthony, members, fellow devotees and the streets of the North End.
Opening Parade - The statue of Saint Anthony is taken in procession to the outdoor chapel followed by a short parade through the streets of the North End with Italian marching bands.
A must-see performance of some of the greatest Italian and American hit songs by Tre Bella. Special guest appearance by Louis Vanaria. - Main Stage.
Saturday, August 25th
Enjoy all your favorite songs from yesterday to today with Ronnie Lewis and the Expedition on the Main Stage.
Outdoor Celebration of the Eucharist - Celebrate a special mass in honor of Saint Anthony, followed by a Blessing with the Relic of Saint Anthony & distribution of Blessed Saint Anthony Bread.
Benvenuti Parade - Join in the fun with members and Italian marching bands in parade as we welcome everyone to the neighborhood.
Dance the night away to the spectacular performance by Aaron Caruso & Friends. Accompanied by a great band and vocalists, this modern day Mario Lanza will take you on a journey to Italy, Broadway and through the classic American songbook.
Sunday, August 26th
Mass celebrated in Italian in honor of Saint Anthony at Saint Leonard of Port Maurice Church, Hanover Street, North End.
Grand Procession of Saint Anthony - Join us for the start of the ten hour grand procession. The statue of Saint Anthony is carried through the streets of the North End accompanied by Italian street bands, award winning drum & bugle corps, school marching bands, sponsor floats, and color guard.
12 Noon - 5:00 PM
Join some of the most creative, local chefs demonstrate their talents and entertain you with their culinary delights as New England’s newest and most unique TV Show Wicked Bites takes over the Filippo Berio Culinary Stage. Then watch the crew on Saturday mornings on NESN as they unlock the secrets to great eats from hidden places to the most unique shops.
Enjoy the afternoon at the Feast while listening to a wonderful musical performance by Ambrosiani on the main stage.
Dance & sing along to classic Italian American entertainment by Seabreeze featuring Stephen Savio on the main stage.
Feast Grand Finale - Saint Anthony returns to Endicott Street amidst confetti and streamers.
Drawing & announcement of the Saint Lucy Feast Charity Raffle.
Closing Ceremonies of St. Anthony’s Feast - Join us for the candlelit last walk of Saint Anthony to his permanent chapel.