The Weekender: St. Anthony’s and St. Lucy’s Feast Coverage, Fireworks and Throwback Funeral Parlours

Did you have a busy week and not have enough time to keep up with things around the neighborhood? Take a moment to skim through the Weekender for any big stories you may have missed.  We put together the most popular posts on, allowing you to catch up on the top stories from around the neighborhood. 

Top Posts This Week:

Arthur & Angelo Picardi, in 1934.
Arthur & Angelo Picardi, in 1934.

Remembering the North End Funeral Parlours

Having lived in the North End for almost seventy years, Nick Dello Russo reminisces about the neighborhood funeral business. Funeral parlors were a big part of Italian American life. View this photo from 1934 taken during the Great Depression and read the story of a changing neighborhood and evolving industry. View Post

Photo Gallery: St. Anthony’s Feast Sunday Grand Procession – Part 1

Part I of the complete Grand Procession coverage starts with the kickoff of the 10 hour procession and the statue being carried out of the feast chapel. The marching bands fill the air with music while Sant’ Antonio is paraded through the neighborhood streets. View Coverage

Members of the St. Anthony's Club carrying on with the procession, in the rain! (Photo by Matt Conti)
Members of the St. Anthony’s Club carrying on with the procession, in the rain! (Photo by Matt Conti)

Photo Gallery: Follow the St. Anthony Grand Procession – Part 2

Photo album number two marks the St. Anthony’s society and statue leaving the Endicott Street area to meet devotees who live all over the North End neighborhood. View Coverage

Photo Gallery: Into the Night at the St. Anthony’s Feast Procession – Part 3

The final page of photo coverage of the St. Anthony’s Grand Procession shows the festivities being carried through the evening and into the rainy night. Even with a downpour during the procession, the entire route of the statue and the usual traditions were still taking place. View Coverage

A group shot of the St. Lucy Society (NEWF Photo)
A group shot of the St. Lucy Society (NEWF Photo)

St. Lucy Society Holds Labor Day Feast and Closing Ceremonies with St. Anthony

Following the “feast of all feasts” is the St. Lucy’s Society that held their festivities on Labor Day. Filling up Endicott Street and partaking in a closing ceremony with St. Anthony. View Post

USS Constitution Sails in Boston Harbor for the Last Time Until 2018 [Photos]

View photos of the last voyage until 2018 for the USS Constitution in the Boston Harbor. The vessel will be dry-docked for the time being, hoping to preserve the history for generations to come.  As usual, Matt Conti has the photos that bring the event to life. View Post

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Rainbow over North End rooftops, photo courtesy of Jerry Cordasco
Rainbow over North End rooftops, photo courtesy of Jerry Cordasco

Neighborhood Photo: Rainbow Over North End Rooftops

Even with all the humidity as of late, the weather gave North End residents something to smile about outside. This neighborhood photo shows a full rainbow that was over Boston Harbor that was only out for a few minutes. View Post

Video: Labor Day Fireworks over the North End

Labor Day weekend was full of both the St. Anthony’s and St. Lucy’s feasts, moving trucks, and fireworks over the North End. On the Monday night of Labor day, a firework show rained over the neighborhood, watch video.