Fisherman’s Feast winds through North End

Aug 21, 2023 317

BY: Grace Zokovitch

Boston’s oldest continuous Italian festival wrapped up Sunday after an another eventful weekend of food, music and flying angels. The last day of the 113th Fisherman’s Feast saw another day packed with Italian culture and the famous annual “flight of the angel.”

The feast traces it’s origins back to 1503 when over 200 Italian fishermen made a dangerous trek to get a solid marble statue of the Madonna del Soccorso, or Lady of Perpetual Help, to Sciacca, Sicily. Descendants of the fisherman brought their traditions to the U.S. in the early 1900’s, honoring and recreating the historic journey with a procession of the Madonna del Soccorso statue through the North End. 

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