Centuries old traditions brought thousands to celebrate and worship in Little Italy

Sep 02, 2021 308

BY: Taylor Blackley

Boston’s North End streets filled with thousands of visitors and the smell of delicious Italian food all weekend long. Sunday was the culmination of the yearly four-day festival for Saint Anthony’s Feast and St. Lucia’s Feast.

After a year off due to COVID restrictions, the feasts were back in full force this year, bringing in projected crowds of over 300,000 people. Endicott, Thatcher and North Margin streets were lined with carnival games and vendors selling Italian food and merchandise. At the center of everything was an illuminated chapel that housed a figure of St. Anthony, where festival-goers left money that would be donated to local charities at the event’s conclusion.

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SOURCE: https://thescopeboston.org

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