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Fisherman’s Feast Video: 2013 Opening Ceremonies & Blessing of the Fleet

One of the unique traditions of the Fisherman’s Feast is the opening night procession to Boston Harbor for the Blessing of the Fleet and Fishing Waters. If you’ve been at Christopher Columbus Park in the past few decades, then you know the Sicilian fishing boats are all gone, replaced by ferries, yachts and recreational boats. Feast Co-Chair Kenny Palazzolo explains (7:30 in the video), “it is symbolic of generations gone by.” The society is also working with the Public Art Commission to establish a Sicilian Fisherman Tribute at Long Wharf. This year’s blessing was performed by Fr. Claude of the North End’s St. Leonard Church. This year’s ceremony was also dedicated to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The event was held as part of the 103rd Fisherman’s Feast on August 15, 2013.

Video timeline:

  • 00:00 Opening the feast with the revelation of the statue of the Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca
  • 01:30 Italian American of the Year Award to Mayor Thomas M. Menino (See more in separate post.)
  • 02:45 Remembering Phyllis Rugnetta on North Street
  • 04:00 Entering Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, Angel Introductions
  • 04:40 Remembering Anthony Primo
  • 05:50 Remembering Dina Bono
  • 07:30 Feast Co-Chair Kenny Palazzolo – Blessing of the Fleet Introduction
  • 08:20 Fr. Claude Scrima – Blessing of the Fishing Waters
  • 09:50 Bringing Our Lady home
  • 12:30 Placing the Madonna statue in her Feast Chapel

More posts from the Fisherman’s Feast.

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