Traditionally, the Fisherman's Feast was funded by the numerous Sicilian fishing boats that made up the Boston and Gloucester fishing fleets, as well as many of the local North End businesses. Over the past 20 years with the decline of the local fishing industry, we have been forced to look for new ways to keep our tradition alive.
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When most people think of the "feasts" they think of the smell of Italian sausage. It doesn't matter if the feast is in the North End of Boston, Little Italy in New York or anywhere else in the world, the vendors are an important part of what makes a feast special. Our vendors sell not only Italian sausage, but a variety of food and...
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Whether it’s Pop, Rock, Disco or even traditional Italian Music, The Fisherman’s Feast offers something for everyone. The Feast offers 4 FREE nights of entertainment, giving our crowd a chance to turn back the clock and listen to some oldies or dance the night away to the newer trends in today’s Music. Past Performances have included The Jersey Tenors, The Hitmen, Frankie Avalon, Michael Amante, Jerry Vale, and the Tokens to name a few. Keep checking our Schedule to see who the Feast will be bringing in this year. We will guarantee it will be Fantastic!
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Fisherman's Feast – Dating all the way back to 1910, this hugely popular annual Italian festival is held throughout the streets of Boston’s North End district to celebrate the devotion of immigrant Sicilian fishermen to the Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca (Our Lady of Help). This year will see the usual enticing selection of entertainment, food and traditional parades, including a religious procession through the district’s narrow streets carrying a statue of the Madonna, street vendors, and the not-to-be missed, hotly-contested Sorrento Cheese tower building competition. The festival is free to enter for all-comers.
A vendor prepares some delectable treats at Fisherman’s Feast (Photo: Todd Van Hoosear / Courtesy CC BY-SA 2.0)
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.
Each August since 1910, the Feast has been held in Boston's historic North End on North and Fleet Streets, making it the North End's oldest continuously running Italian festival. The Feast traditionally starts on Thursday when the statue of the Madonna is moved from her home in the Fisherman's Club to a chapel at the center of the feast. This will be her home throughout the weekend. Thursday is also when the fishermen that founded the Feast are remembered with a blessing of the fishing waters. Each night and during weekend days there is entertainment on the bandstand and vendors selling food (Italian sausages, calamari, pizza, pasta and much more) as well as crafts. The Feast culminates on Sunday night with the spectacular "Flight of the Angel".