The 109th Fisherman’s Feast kicked off this weekend continuing the tradition of the North End’s oldest running Italian festival. The feast honors Madonna Del Soccorso Di Sciacca with ceremonies at the Fisherman’s Club on North & Lewis Streets.

Opening ceremonies fell on Assumption Day, August 15th, so all the Madonna groups joined for a special procession and blessing including the societies of Santa Maria Di Anzano, Madonna delle Grazie and Madonna Della Cava.

For the annual Blessing of the Fishing Waters, the statue of the Madonna di Sciacca was carried by society members to Boston Harbor to the waterfront where a blessing was made by Fr. Brian on the site of the former Italian fleet in Boston Harbor.

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A special tribute was made this year to the late “Capt” Ray Bono with speeches by family members. A large crowd filled the park for the ceremony that concluded with the throwing of flowers into the harbor. 

Photos by Matt Conti. View more in the online gallery.

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