This video captures the Sunday Grand Procession of the Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca through the streets of Boston’s North End for the 103rd Anniversary Fisherman’s Feast. The eight hour procession was held on August 18, 2013 with many devotions and celebrations along the way. Society members were kept in rhythm by the North End Marching Band and the Northeast Italian Band. A homemade fisherman’s float also joined in the parade this year.
The Fisherman’s Feast is the North End’s oldest continuously running Italian festival and one of the largest with four days of festivities on North, Lewis and Fleet Streets. The tradition goes back to the 16th century in Sciacca, Sicily brought to Boston in 1910 based on the devotion of the fishermen to the Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help). Organizers and most members are the descendants of the original Sicilian immigrants.
“Don’t miss” moments in the video:
- 5:40 Sons of Italy Drum Corps performs on Salem Street
- 8:35 Celebratory band music inside Pizzeria Regina
- 15:45 Snow Hill Street Run
- 16:40 Dancing on North Street
- 17:10 Closing prayer