It was a festive opening night for the Feast of Saint Agrippina di Mineo held July 31st on Hanover Street in Boston’s North End. The statue was unveiled and processed down to the Greenway before returning to her new weekend feast chapel.
Authentic Sicilian costumes were featured this year by the ribbon girls, handmade by ladies from Mineo, Sicily that visited during last year’s 100th Anniversary Feast. To carry the statue, 20 men coordinate in a complex rhythm to keep the 1600 pound heavy statue in the air.
Saint Agrippina Di Mineo was a beautiful blond princess who was unmercifully tortured to death by the Emperor Valerian in 256 AD. After her death, her body was taken from Rome to Mineo, Sicily, by three holy women; Bassa, Paula and Agatonica.
Also see the Children’s Procession.