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North End Feasts are back

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As one of the country’s oldest city’s, Boston is blessed with many traditions, some stretching back centuries. One of our most beloved traditions is the North End Feasts that celebrate Italian heritage.

Boston is a collection of communities. When it comes to fun, food-centric, family-friendly Boston summer events, no neighborhood does it quite like the North End, the oldest residential neighborhood in Boston. Settled in the 1600s by Puritans, today the North End is home to a vibrant Italian culture and is rightly known as Boston’s ‘Little Italy.’

The first Italians arrived in Boston in 1860. They came from all parts of Italy but often settled alongside those from the same region of their home country. It created enclaves of people from Naples, Sicily, Milan, and Genoa. These defined areas preserved their regional cultures and cuisine. Today, the North End is known for its cobblestone streets, national historical landmarks such as Paul Revere’s house, and its incredible food.

Summer in Boston is one of the best times of the year and locals love to spend their days outside, gathering, and celebrating. The North End feasts are the perfect place for visitors to soak up the local culture. Each summer, residents of the North End hold processions and festivals to honor the patron saints of the different regions of Italy. The processions take place every other weekend from June through September. During the processions, statues of the patron saints are paraded through the street of the North End and as they pass, onlookers will attach dollar bills as a donation in hope the saint will hear their prayers.

Then there are The Feasts. Held mostly in the month of August, each weekend feast is distinct and highlights a different regional Italian cuisine. Collectively, The Feasts offer a delectable tour around Italy. Accessible and family-friendly, the festivities include chef demonstrations, meatball contests, live entertainment, and some of the best Italian food anywhere in the country.

The North End is located along Boston Harbor, so it’s no surprise that one of the most popular weekends is the Fisherman’s Feast of the Madonna Del Soccorso di Sciacca. Known as Our Lady of Help, she is the patron saint of those who fish.

Boston Park Plaza is perfectly located to enjoy all that Boston has to offer this summer. We are just one block away from historic Boston Common and within easy walking distance of many of our city’s most popular attractions. The T-Line station for Boston’s excellent subway system is nearby.

For more information on North End Feasts, or any other summer activities in Boston, please speak to our Concierge team. They are experts on our city and can provide the information you need to make your visit to Boston a memorable one.

 

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