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The 96th St. Anthony’s Feast featured a 10-hour Grand Procession on Sunday, August 30, 2015 bringing the statue of San Antonio to nearly every street in Boston’s North End.  In this photo gallery from the start of the procession, the statue emerges from its feast chapel as society members take turns carrying the saint and collecting ribbon donations. As day turns into night, the statue makes several notable stops including Caffe Paradiso and of course, Pizzeria Regina. At the end of the night, a grand finale with confetti raining down ends the Saint Anthony’s Feast. The “Feast of all Feasts,” as described by National Geographic, is organized by San Antonio di Padova da Montefalcione, Inc., also known as the St. Anthony’s Club. See more coverage of the St. Anthony’s Feast.

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St. Anthony’s Club at the start of Sunday’s Grand Procession
 Statue of Saint Anthony emerges from its Feast Chapel to be paraded through the North End streets
Statue of Saint Anthony emerges from its Feast Chapel to be paraded through the North End streets
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St. Anthony’s Society President Paul D’Amore accepts a gift from the Societa San Antonio – Garfield, New Jersey
 North Enders hang out windows to place devotions on the statue
North Enders hang out windows to place devotions on the statue
 Paolo Tizzano holds his son to kiss the statue of Saint Anthony
Paolo Tizzano holds his son to kiss the statue of Saint Anthony
 Preparing to lift
Preparing to lift
 Carriers of the Saint Anthony statue walk up Copp
Carriers of the Saint Anthony statue walk up Copp’s Hill on Snow Hill Street in Boston’s North End
 What happens when a car blocks the procession on the narrow North End streets
What happens when a car blocks the procession on the narrow North End streets
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St. Anthony’s Feast Grand Procession makes its way through the streets of the Boston’s North End
 Alissa Passacantilli Tizzano holds her newborn baby to the statue of San Antonio
Alissa Passacantilli Tizzano holds her newborn baby to the statue of San Antonio
 Inside Caffe Paradiso, the procession gets a jolt
Inside Caffe Paradiso, the procession gets a jolt
 The procession passes by the Prado and famous steeple of the Old North Church
The procession passes by the Prado and famous steeple of the Old North Church
 A toddler is lifted to the statue of St. Anthony
A toddler is lifted to the statue of St. Anthony
 At Michelangelo Court, balloons fly over the statue
At Michelangelo Court, balloons fly over the statue
 Feast co-chair, Jason Aluia, arranging ribbon donations on the statue
Feast co-chair, Jason Aluia, arranging ribbon donations on the statue
 Carrying a candle while walking at Sunday
Carrying a candle while walking at Sunday’s Grand Procession
 Pizzeria Regina is a crowded and fun stop for the procession at the center of Saint Anthony
Pizzeria Regina is a crowded and fun stop for the procession at the center of Saint Anthony’s Feast
 Money filled statue of Saint Anthony in the downtown lights
Money filled statue of Saint Anthony in the downtown lights
 The Ribbon Girls
The Ribbon Girls
 Held in late August, the heat and humidity can make for a hot 10-hour procession
Held in late August, the heat and humidity can make for a hot 10-hour procession
 At the end of the night, the statue is stripped of its money for a final procession home
At the end of the night, the statue is stripped of its money for a final procession home
 Saint Anthony Society members gather on Endicott Street before the grand finale of the feast
Saint Anthony Society members gather on Endicott Street before the grand finale of the feast
 The statue of Saint Anthony with feast lights
The statue of Saint Anthony with feast lights
 At the end of the Grand Procession, the statues of Saint Anthony and Saint Lucy are paraded
At the end of the Grand Procession, the statues of Saint Anthony and Saint Lucy are paraded

(Photos by Matt Conti – See more images at MattConti.com.)

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