Feast of St Anthony 2008

Since that time, the people of the North End and Massachusetts, like people around the world, celebrate the feast of St. Anthony just as they do each year in the last week of August, in Montefalcione, Italy.

The St. Anthony's Feast in the North End of Boston is celebrated each year on the last weekend in August that includes the Sunday. The Feast is a must see event! By plane, train and bus the faithful arrive to experience the Beautifullly Decorated Streets, the Pageantry of the Parades and their Yearly Opportunity to View the Society's Statue of St. Anthony of Padua. The Patrons numbering in the thousands, Say a Prayer, Ask a Favor and pin a donation for remembrance. The entertainment is continious, the food is scrumptious and the cultural experience is priceless!

National Geographics christened the St. Anthony's Feast in the North End of Boston, the "Feast of all Feasts". The St. Anthony's Feast was highlighted on the Washington Mall, in Washington, D.C. at the 1988 Festival of American Folklife, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute.

~All Weekend~
The Filippo Berio Culinary Pavilion - featuring Boston's best chefs showcasing their "Cucina Italiana." Stop by for some fabulous demonstrations and samples (on the hour - all weekend).

Pizzeria Regina Open Air Piazza - Enjoy an imported ice cold Peroni Beer or a glass of vino and, of course, a slice of their world-famous pizza.

Cirelli Marketplace - Browse an old-fashioned open air marketplace filled with imported Italian specialties and American favorites.

~Friday, August 29~
7.00pm
Opening Ceremonies - The exposition and blessing of the statue of Saint Anthony, devotees and the streets of the North End followed by a short procession.

7.30pm
Enjoy a great musical performance by Gerry Grimo & the East Bay Ensemble on the Main Stage.

~Saturday, August 30~
12.00pm
Join Ronnie Lewis & the Expedition on the Main Stage.

5.00pm
Outdoor Celebration of the Eucharist
Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Archdiocese of Boston during a special mass in honor of Saint Anthony with celebrant Bishop Robert Henessey of Boston. Music by the Saint John School Choir. Followed by the Blessing with the Relic of Saint Anthony & Distribution of the Blessed Saint Anthony Bread.

7.00pm
North End Iron Chef - Watch out for flying frying pans and quick whisks at this year's high pressure culinary showdown at the Filippo Berio Culinary Pavilion.

6.30pm - 10.00pm
Benvenuti Parade through the streets of the North End with classic Italian street bands and the strolling "Italian Serenaders" in authentic costume.

8.00pm
Spectacular musical performance by rising star Aaron Caruso & Friends on the Main Stage. Dance the night away to your all time Italian & American favorites!

~Sunday, August 31~
10.00am
The Pat Whitley Restaurant Show broadcast live at the Pizzeria Regina.

10.15am
Mass celebrated in Italian in honor of Saint Anthony at Saint Leonard of Port Maurice Church, Hanover Street, North End.

12.00pm
Grand Procession of Saint Anthony
Join us for the ten hour grand procession, as the statue of Saint Anthony is carried through the streets of the North End accompanied by Italian street bands, award-winning drum & bugle corps, school marching bands, sponsor floats, and color guard.

2.00pm - 6.00pm
Dance & sing along to classic Italian American entertainment by La Bande Ambrosiani on the Main Stage.

7.00pm
Enjoy a wonderful performance by Seabreeze featuring Stephen Savio on the Main Stage.

7.00pm
North End Iron Chef - Set your egg timer and come see "who's cuisine reigns supreme" in the neighborhood at the Filippo Berio Culinary Pavilion.

9.00pm
Feast Grand Finale - Saint Anthony returns to Endicott Street amidst confetti and streamers.

11.00pm
Traditional candlelight last walk of Saint Anthony to the chapel for the Opening Ceremonies of the Feast of Santa Lucia. Exposition and blessing of the statue of Santa Lucia and devotees followed by a short procession.