The Fisherman's Feast will be held on August 16th - 19th, 2018 Our 108th Feast begins in:
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What is the Fisherman's Feast?
The Fisherman's Feast is an annual event that began in Boston in 1910 and is based on a tradition that goes back to the 16th century in Sciacca Sicily. The Feast is based on the devotion of the fishermen from Sciacca to the Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help). When the fishermen immigrated to America in the early 1900's, they brought their traditions with them. Today's Feast is much the same as it was over 100 years ago with lights adorning the street and the smell of sausage in the air. The current Feast is organized by the descendants of those original immigrants and still includes a procession of the Madonna through the streets of the North End. Read more
Our 100th Anniversary Gallery
We've added a great selection of images from our very special 100th Anniversary Feast that was held in the summer of 2010. Click on the following link to read a personal note from our Society's President. Read more
Fisherman's Feast Opening Night and Blessing of the Waters
One of the unique traditions of the Fisherman's Feast is the opening night procession to Boston Harbor for the Blessing of the Fleet and Fishing Waters. If you've been at Christopher Columbus Park in the past few decades, then you know the Sicilian fishing boats are all gone, replaced by ferries, yachts and recreational boats. Feast Co-Chair Kenny Palazzolo explains (7:30 in the video), "it is symbolic of generations gone by." The society is also working with the Public Art Commission to establish a Sicilian Fisherman Tribute at Long Wharf. This year's blessing was performed by Fr. Claude of the North End's St. Leonard Church. This year's ceremony was also dedicated to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The event was held as part of the 103rd Fisherman's Feast on August 15, 2013.
Fisherman's Feast Grand Procession
This video captures the Sunday Grand Procession of the Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca through the streets of Boston's North End for the 103rd Anniversary Fisherman's Feast. The eight hour procession was held on August 18, 2013 with many devotions and celebrations along the way. Society members were kept in rhythm by the North End Marching Band and the Northeast Italian Band. A homemade fisherman's float also joined in the parade this year.
The Fisherman's Feast is the North End's oldest continuously running Italian festival and one of the largest with four days of festivities on North, Lewis and Fleet Streets. The tradition goes back to the 16th century in Sciacca, Sicily brought to Boston in 1910 based on the devotion of the fishermen to the Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help). Organizers and most members are the descendants of the original Sicilian immigrants.
Flight of the Angel at 106th Fisherman's Feast
The 2016 Flight of the Angel was the highlight of the 106th Fisherman’s Feast in honor of Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca, held August 21, 2016 in Boston’s North End.
After a day long procession, Fisherman's Club members bring the Madonna statue home to North Street where two side angels on balconies recite an Italian devotion followed by the entrance of the flying angel from a third story window coming down from the sky to meet the Madonna Del Soccorso Di Sciacca. At the end, confetti rains on the scene in an astounding street celebration.
The 2016 Flying Angel was Angelina Palazzolo with Side Angels Ava Travato Bonavita and Sophia Fialkosky.
Madonna del Soccorso returns to Sciacca Sicily
The Saccensi from Boston and Sciacca March through the streets of Sciacca, Sicily with our statues of our Blessed Mother. We've also added some photos from this historic event. To view them please click here.