Boston’s oldest continuous Italian festival, the 112th Fisherman’s Feast, will be celebrated in the city’s North End Aug. 18-22.
Origins of the annual event stretch all the way to Sciacca, Italy where – beginning in the 16th century – local fishermen’s devotion to the Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help) gave rise to a great Feast. Upon immigration to America in the early 1900s, the seafaring Sicilians brought their traditions with them.
After the Madonna is processed and the fishing waters blessed, North and Fleet Streets come alive with vendors, entertainment and the scent of sausage and calamari drifting through the air.
– Hannah Van Sickle, The Boston 100