Thousands and thousands of people will fill the North End for the 100th celebration of Saint Anthony’s Feast on Endicott and Thacher Streets and part of North Margin Street.
Since the feast’s inception back in 1919, the religious tradition has flooded the area with family, friends and visitors from across the state and many from overseas.
The spectacular community event and parade are generally considered by many as the biggest festival held in the North End.
Numerous residents set up family gatherings on the street in curbs in front of their homes.
A special anniversary Mass will be held at Saint Leonard’s Church on June 15 at 5 p.m.. The Society expects an overflow of people to attend. There is the possibility of the Bishop of Padual attending the Mass.
Vendors of all kinds will also fill the streets serving food and refreshments, shirts and hats and refreshments.
Entertainment will be provided on the bandstand on a regular basis. A benefit raffle with great prizes will be held by the temporary chapel.
Each year members of the Society meet with the Boston Police and a host of City departments to ensure the feast is safe, healthy and that security is a top priority so local residents and visitors can fully enjoy the feast’s 100th year celebration.
The Society will also hold the Feast of Saint Lucy on Thursday, June 21 on Endicott Street including a procession.
Gov. Charlie Baker, Mayor Martin Walsh, Sen. Job Boncore, Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and Counselor Lydia Edwards will present the Society with citations honoring them on their 100th anniversary celebration.