North End Festival

North End FestivalToday we’ll hear from an organizer of one of the most famous festivals in Boston: the North End’s St. Anthony’s Feast.

St. Anthony’s is one of the biggest of the dozen or so feasts in Boston’s Italian North End each summer. It is put on by the St. Anthony’s Society, an organization formed by immigrants from Montefalcione, Italy around 1900.

Almost every year since 1919, on the last weekend in August, tens of thousands of people from all over the world come to the feast. It’s a huge event, with games, bands, parades, and of course, food.

I wanted to know more about the feast, so I ventured out on Saturday evening — when you could barely walk in the streets due to all the people — and found one of the members of the feast committee.

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This certainly gives you a taste of the neighborhood. I’ve been there and the descriptions in this segment make me feel as if I’m there again right now… A unique place and certainly woth visiting to see it all happen in person.