Fisherman's Feast 2008

The Fisherman's Feast is an annual event that began in Boston in 1911 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 90 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 1911, 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".

~Thursday, August 14~

7.00pm
The statue of La Madonna Del Soccorso Di Sciacca will be carried in solemn procession to the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, accompanied by the Italian-American Band and the North End Italian Band for the annual blessing of the Boston fishing waters. Father Antonio Nardoianni, pastor of St. Leonards Parish will preside over the blessing. This will mark the official opening of the 98th annual Fisherman’s Feast of Boston in honor of La Madonna Del Soccorso Di Sciacca. Following the blessing the statue of the Madonna will be carried in short procession through the Feast area before being placed in her chapel at 11 Lewis street.

7.00pm - 11.00pm
Visit the Kia Borrego Experience located on Lewis Street and test drive a Kia Borrego for a free $20.00 gift card. Visit the “Gourmet for Less” cooking demonstration for a free sample and then get refreshed in the Kia “Cool Zone” located in the lot at the corner of Lewis and Fulton Streets.

7.00pm - 11.00pm
Visit the “Fisherman’s Feast” Beer & Wine Garden located at the corner of North and Fleet Streets. Enjoy a cool, refreshing beer or sip a glass of wine. Sponsored by the Beer Summit and Sam Adams. Participants must be 21 years of age or older.

7.30pm
Main Stage - D.J. Sal Bartolo entertains the crowd spinning tunes of everyone’s favorite musical hits.

9.30pm – 10.30pm
Main Stage - Lucky’s Lounge proudly presents The Al Vega Trio featuring Adam Herbert

~Friday, August 15~

7.00pm - 11.00pm
Visit the Kia Borrego Experience located on Lewis Street and test drive a Kia Borrego for a free $20.00 gift card. Visit the “Gourmet for Less” cooking demonstration for a free sample and then get refreshed in the Kia “Cool Zone” located in the lot at the corner of Lewis and Fulton Streets.

7.00pm - 11.00pm
Visit the “Fisherman’s Feast” Beer & Wine Garden located at the corner of North and Fleet Streets. Enjoy a cool, refreshing beer or sip a glass of wine. Sponsored by the Beer Summit and Sam Adams. Participants must be 21 years of age or older.

6.00pm - 8.30pm
Main Stage - Once again enjoy the music of D.J. Sal Bartolo.

8.45pm – 11.00pm
Main Stage – Back by overwhelming popular demand! New England’s Premier “Disco” Band “Breakaway”! Hang the crystal disco ball, put on your dancing shoes, There will be dancing in the streets when Breakaway heats up the Fisherman’s Feast Main Stage for 2 shows!

~Saturday, August 16~

12.00pm
Family Day at the Fisherman’s Feast. Bring the kids and enjoy a walk along North and Lewis Streets as they are transformed into "Via Bambini" There’s plenty of FREE children’s events, games, moonwalks, face painting and more! Courtesy of "Pepsi" the official soft drink of the Fisherman’s Feast of Boston.

12.00pm - 11.00pm
Visit the Kia Borrego Experience located on Lewis Street and test drive a Kia Borrego for a free $20.00 gift card. Visit the “Gourmet for Less” cooking demonstration for a free sample and then get refreshed in the Kia “Cool Zone” located in the lot at the corner of Lewis and Fulton Streets.

12.00pm - 11.00pm
Visit the “Fisherman’s Feast” Beer & Wine Garden located at the corner of North and Fleet Streets. Enjoy a cool, refreshing beer or sip a glass of wine. Sponsored by the Beer Summit and Sam Adams. Participants must be 21 years of age or older.

1.00pm - 4.00pm
Main Stage – Continuous live music.

4.00pm - 6.00pm
Main Stage - Lucky’s Lounge proudly presents The Al Vega Trio featuring Adam Herbert.

6.00pm - 8.00pm
Main Stage - Once again enjoy the music of D.J. Sal Bartolo.

8.00pm
Main Stage – Comedy genius “Uncle Floyd” Vivino returns to the Fisherman’s Feast of Boston.

9.15pm – 11.00pm
Main Stage – The Fisherman’s Feast of Boston proudly presents Jay Siegel and the Tokens! Take a stroll down Memory Lane as you enjoy The Tokens classic hits; Tonight I Fell In Love, Portrait Of My Love, I Hear Trumpets Blow and their number one hit and all time favorite, The Lion Sleeps Tonight!

~Sunday, August 17~

11.00am
Outdoor Solemn High Mass in honor of La Madonna Del Soccorso Di Sciacca, celebrated by Father Antonio Nardoianni.

12.00pm
Main Stage - Presentation of the Privitera Family Scholarship.

12.30pm
The annual 7 hour procession of the statue of La Madonna Del Soccorso Di Sciacca through the streets of Boston’s North End accompanied by six marching bands.

1.00pm - 3.00pm
Main Stage - Continuous live music.

3.00pm - 7.00pm
Main Stage – Boston's own Jimmy Geany.

12.00pm - 11.00pm
Visit the Kia Borrego Experience located on Lewis Street and test drive a Kia Borrego for a free $20.00 gift card. Visit the “Gourmet for Less” cooking demonstration for a free sample and then get refreshed in the Kia “Cool Zone” located in the lot at the corner of Lewis and Fulton Streets.

12.00pm - 11.00pm
Visit the “Fisherman’s Feast” Beer & Wine Garden located at the corner of North and Fleet Streets. Enjoy a cool, refreshing beer or sip a glass of wine. Sponsored by the Beer Summit and Sam Adams. Participants must be 21 years of age or older.

7.30pm -11.00pm
Main Stage – Strega Ristorante proudly presents “Street Magic” Boston’s Number One A Capella Group!

8.00pm
The Famous Flight of the Angel! As the statue of the Madonna returns to North street for the finale of the day long procession she is greeted by a crowd of enthusiastic spectators, each waiting for the opportunity to witness the Famous Flight of the Angel. Yankee magazine calls it "truly one of Boston’s greatest treasures" and National Geographic Magazine say’s “It’s a spectacle NOT to be missed!’ As the angel ceremony is completed the spectators below are covered by a snowfall of confetti paper from the rooftops. This year's flying angel is Anne MacDonald with side angels Kathryn Russo and Vitianna Mary D’Amico

10.30pm
The closing procession as the Madonna returns to her permanent chapel at 9 Lewis Street.

11.00pm
Main Stage - Drawing of the winning raffle tickets.