The first Sunday of June always brings the first Italian religious procession of the season to Boston’s North End, honoring Santa Maria di Anzano.

After a Mass at Sacred Heart Church, the 112 year old society kicked off their procession from North Square. Devotees walked the streets with the North End Marching Band for the entire day through the neighborhood.

In 1905, a group of ten immigrants from Anzano, Italy founded the Madonna di Anzano Society that continues today. The image of the Madonna was discovered over 400 years ago in a small village now known as Anzano, Italy. Read more of the story.

See the Summer North End Feast Schedule for upcoming processions and festivals. Photos by Matt Conti.

Photos by Matt Conti.

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