The 105th St. Agrippina’s Feast was held this weekend, starting on Thursday evening on Hanover Street and ending with a 10-hour Grand Procession on Sunday through the North End streets. On Saturday night, Montel Jordan sang his famous hit “This is how we do it”, among others to a large crowd. The Sunday Grand Procession ended with the traditional “Tug of War” (the back half won, 2 out of 3) and the “Dance of 20 Men” to cheers from the grateful crowd.
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. The commoners were amazed by the lightweight fragranced body protected by angels and shielded by clouds. In the North End, it’s 20 men that coordinate in a complex rhythm to keep the extremely heavy statue in the air. Read more about the benefit society, feast and the history of Saint Agrippina Di Mineo at www.saintagrippinaboston.com.
Enjoy these photos in this gallery from the 105th St. Agrippina Feast in Boston’s North End. (Photos by Matt Conti, click to enlarge. More photos here.)