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By Scott Roberto / August 12, 12:00 AM
Feasting with Flair


Italian feasts and festivals adorn the streets of the North End all summer long, yet it's not until the dog days are nearly over that some of the grandest of them all enliven the ancient cobblestoned pathways of Boston's oldest neighborhood. The Sicily-inspired Madonna Della Cava Feast steps out on Hanover and Battery streets August 11–13, featuring live music, colorful parades and more. That celebration yields to the oldest of the bunch, the Fisherman's Feast, from August 17–20. Also originating from Sicily, it has been a staple since 1910 and is centered around North, Fleet and Lewis streets. The Fisherman's Feast has the usual religious processions along with plenty of delectable Italian specialties to eat, live music to get you dancing and the unique "Flight of the Angel," a grand finale that features a costumed "angel" that descends from an upper floor to bless the statue of the Madonna, followed by a shower of confetti. Another much-anticipated spectacle is the final large bash of the summer, Saint Anthony's Feast, which begins with the companion Saint Lucy's Feast and takes place on Endicott, Thacher and North Margin streets from August 24–27. Expect processions with the statue of St. Anthony, marching bands, lots of great food, cooking demonstrations and music with Italian-American flair throughout the festive weekend.

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