Saint Agrippina's Feast
Every summer in Boston
's North End, the neighborhood looks back to its Italian roots and celebrates with street festivals devoted to Saints, called Feasts- complete with processions through the narrow, winding streets, live music, and of course plenty of food. I strolled through Saint Agrippina's Feast in August, where for the past 98 years the neighborhood comes together to renew their faith in Saint Agrippina, as was the custom in the homeland of many North End residents of the early 20th century - Mineo, Sicily. The tempting smells and drifting smoke from the grills of the food vendors draw the crowds to Hanover Street, where you can take your pick of home made meatballs, chicken parmesan, sausages, cannolis, gelato and other Italian favorites. There are carnival style games set up for the younger festival goers, while the adults keep themselves occupied at the beer and wine stands and live music on stage.