Exposition of Madonna Della Cava Image Kicks Off 96th Annual Feast [Photos]

Exposition of the image of the Madonna Della Cava kicked off the 96th annual feast on August 12, 2016 in Boston’s North End. The image of Maria SS Della Cava, Principal Patron of Pietraperzia, Sicily was rediscovered miraculously in the year 1223 by a mute from Trapani who was directed by Our Lady to proceed to the outskirts of the town where the portrait of Our Lady would be found. In the process, his speech and hearing were restored. The first words emitted by the mute were, “VIVA MARIA SS DELLA CAVA.” Here are pictures of the opening night ceremonies and procession.

 Madonna Della Cava with iconic Prado, Paul Revere statue and Old North Church in background

 Madonna Della Cava Feast Society

 Madonna Della Cava Procession on Hanover Street

 Feast Crowd on Battery Street ... Can you find Mayor Marty Walsh?

 First pins on exposition of Madonna Della Cava

 Start of Opening Procession

 North Street procession

 Striking a pose

 Grace at the window

 Carrying the image of the Madonna Della Cava

 Louise Tagliari and Linda Ricco

 Madonna image passes St. Stephen

 Kenny carries on North Street

 Northeast Italian Band at night on Hanover Street

 Kenny Jr carries the Madonna image

 Sal leads the Northeast Italian Band

 On Lewis Street at the Fisherman

 Lanza siblings

 Madonna Della Cava Procession at night

 Feast goers at Madonna Della Cava Feast

 Father Claude blesses the Madonna Della Cava Feast

Photos by Matt Conti.