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. The 114 year old society held a Mass in Italian at St. Leonard Church followed by a lunch at St. Joseph’s Hall, the newly renovated function space under the church blessed just last week by the Cardinal. The society also awarded three scholarships to young members in the community, James Carmine Giso, Bianca Baldassaro and Victoria Hammond.
In the afternoon, devotees walked in a procession through the streets with the North End Marching Band for the entire day. The procession ended at the Fisherman’s Club, the home of the Statue of the Madonna.
This year’s procession also marks the 20th Anniversary of the North End Marching Band, which marched in its first procession honoring Santa Maria di Anzano in 1999.