95th Annual Saint Anthony’s Feast Set for Labor Day Weeekend
Boston’s Largest Italian Festival Celebrates its 95th Year with Events for the Family
Friday, August 29 – Monday, September 1, 2014
Head down to the North End for the 95th annual Feast of Saint Anthony on Labor Day Weekend, August 29 – September 1, on Endicott, Thacher, and North Margin Streets.
Saint Anthony’s Feast is one of the oldest and largest neighborhood celebrations in America. This authentic Italian festival is full of events for all ages, for the young and young at heart alike: colorful parades; authentic Italian festival food; strolling singers; the Filippo Berio Culinary Pavilion and olive oil tastings; Italian folk dancing; the Pizzeria Regina Open Air Piazza featuring Stella Artois; and children’s activities throughout the weekend.
St. Anthony and St. Lucy Societies have highlighted special attractions in this year’s schedule:
The Filppo Berio Culinary Pavilion
Boston’s best chefs and the teachers and students of New England Center for Arts & Technology will be showcasing their “Cucina Italiana” live on the Filippo Berio Culinary Stage all weekend.
Visit the Filippo Berio Marquee Tent throughout the weekend for delicious recipe suggestions, helpful hints, coupons and special tastings – choose from Filippo Berio’s olive oil varieties, each carefully crafted to inspire your next appetizer, snack, meal, or dessert.
Dip freshly baked breads from Parziale Bakery, one of the North End’s oldest and most famous bakeries and taste why for nearly 150 years Filippo Berio Olive Oil has been the essential ingredient when you want to add a little extra to any recipe.
15 Minutes of Fame
MIX104.1 and Fast Freddy present 15 minutes of Fame – Contestants sing their hearts on the main stage at Saint Antony’s Feast for the title and the chance to win great prizes.
Regina Pizzeria Open Air Piazza
Since 1926 this authentic award winning Pizzeria has been dishing out pizza the old fashioned way – with crispy crust, tangy tomato sauce and perfectly aged cheese – Now you can enjoy the Regina Pizza experience Al Fresco – pull up a seat and enjoy an imported ice cold Stella Artois or a glass of Naked Grape wines at the Pizza Regina outdoor seating area open only during Saint Anthony’s Feast!
Saint Anthony’s Grand Procession
The highlight of the weekend is the 10 hour Grand Procession of Saint Anthony beginning at 12:00 Noon on Sunday. The statue of Saint Anthony is borne on the shoulders of the members and devotees through the winding streets of the North End along with marching bands, drum & bugle corps, color guards, floats and hundreds of followers. The procession begins and ends with showers of confetti, streamers and balloons.
Festa of Santa Lucia
A full day of music, entertainment and parades is planned for Labor Day September 1, when the ladies of Saint Lucy Society of Boston celebrate the 93rd Feast of Santa Lucia. The procession of Santa Lucia complete with marching bands, color guard and flower girls begins at 3:00PM. Live entertainment and singers will perform all day and night with a special musical performance by Smokin’ Joe and the Henchmen, singing the oldies you love beginning at 7:ooPM on the bandstand. Come on down to Endicott Street for an old fashioned neighborhood Feast.
Other participants and events include live appearances with Fast Freddy and Gregg Daniels of MIX104.1 and The Wicked Bites Restaurant Show. For a complete schedule of events visit our new website: www.stanthonyfeast.com.
Saint Anthony’s Feast and the North End have it all. Whether you are out for a night on the town with that special someone or out with the family, Saint Anthony’s Feast is a delight for all who attend. Close out the Summer and spend labor Day Weekend in the North End of Boston for four full days of free activities at this, the most Authentic of Italian Street Festivals: The Feast of Saint Anthony and Santa Lucia.