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Historical Opening Night of the Fisherman’s Feast in Boston’s North End Video

Video From Joanne Aiello

August 12, 2010: For the first time ever, the statue of St. Peter was brought out of Gloucester in tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Fisherman’s Feast in honor of the Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca, the longest running feast in Boston. This was a touching moment made more so by a beautiful rendition of the Ave Maria and the large contingent of Gloucester people who accompanied the statue of St. Peter through the streets of the North End shouting “Viva San Pietro!” and “Viva La Madonna del Soccorso!”

Several years ago the statue of the Madonna was brought to the Cape Ann Historical Museum as part of an exhibition of Sicilian-American artifacts, a testimony to the bond between the Madonna del Soccorso Society and the Sicilian fishermen of Gloucester.