98th Anniversary Italian Street Festival in honor of “The Feast of All Feasts” AUGUST 24–27, 2017 Endicott, Thacher & North Margin Streets North End, Boston
THURSDAY, AUGUST 24
Opening Ceremonies & Procession of the Feast of Santa Lucia
Exposition and blessing of the statue of Santa Lucia and devotees. The statue of Santa Lucia is carried through the streets of the North End accompanied by Italian street bands, flower girls and color guard.
Dance and sing along to the sounds of Vinyl Groove. Get up and dance while enjoying an old-fashioned feast night in the neighborhood.
Culinary Stage & Tasting Tent
Featuring Boston’s best chefs showcasing their “Cucina Italiana.” Stop by for some fabulous demonstrations and tastings of Filippo Berio Olive Oil varieties.
Open Air Piazza
Enjoy an imported ice cold Stella Artois Beer or a glass of vino, and, of course, a slice of its world famous pizza.
Drop by for recipe suggestions and enjoy selections of sumptuous fresh mozzarella, ricotta and aged parmesan uniquely prepared for the feast.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25
Enjoy lunch and the afternoon at the Feast while listening to traditional feast music by the Ray Cavicchio Orchestra on the main stage.
Some of the most creative local chefs demonstrate their talents and entertain you with their culinary delights as New England’s 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.
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 and Amanda Giles. Join in the fun and win some special prizes.
Opening Ceremonies of Saint Anthony’s Feast
The exposition and blessing of the statue of Saint Anthony, members, fellow devotees and the streets of the North End.
Must-see performances by Italian-American pop-jazz artist Vanessa Racci, performing songs from her 2017 release Italiana Fresca, and from A Bronx Tale and “Boardwalk Empire,” actor and entertainer Louis Vanaria shares his funny stories and sings the standards on the main stage.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26
Enjoy all your favorite songs from yesterday and 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 the Blessing with the Relic of Saint Anthony and distribution of Blessed Saint Anthony Bread.
Join in the fun with members and Italian marching bands in parade welcoming everyone to the neighborhood.
Dance the night away to the spectacular sounds of Aaron Caruso & Friends. Accompanied by a great band and vocalists, this modern-day Mario Lanza takes you on a journey to Italy, Broadway and through the classic American songbook.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27
Grand Procession of Saint Anthony
Join us for the start of the 10-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.
Enjoy the afternoon at the Feast while listening to a wonderful musical performance by Ambrosiani on the main stage.
Dance and 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.
Closing Ceremonies of Saint Anthony’s Feast
Join us for the candlelit last walk of Saint Anthony to his permanent chapel.