World's Largest Portuguese Feast - New Bedford Ma
Welcome to the 100th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament!
My association with the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament began before my first year as a Festeiro in 1988. It starts with my Grandfather Francisco L. Pereira who served in 1943 continuing with my Father Antonio Abreu who served in 1950. This is a heritage that has been part of my entire life and became even more important to me when I married Olga Figueira, whose father Francisco, inspired an even deeper commitment to our shared culture. In 2005, I was honored in becoming President of the Club Madeirense S.S. Sacramento, the sponsoring organization of the Feast. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament commences Thursday, August 1st, 2013 with the assembly of the Festeiros (Feast Committee Members) at the intersection of Earle Street and Acushnet Avenue. Led by the Feast President, the Festeiros march in a special procession down Earle Street to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church which is located at the corner of Earle Street and Madeira Avenue. At the church, Father Daniel O. Reis celebrates a special Benediction to the Blessed Sacrament.
The sincere best wishes of the church are then bestowed upon the Festeiros and the Club Madeirense S. S. Sacramento, Inc. for hosting the Feast and for contributing to the well being of the entire community. The Festeiros also receive the church’s blessing and are reminded to pay homage to the Feast’s religious origins honoring the Blessed Sacrament. Following the Benediction, the Festeiros march to the memorial area at Madeira Field where they honor the original founders of the Feast and initiate the opening ceremonies. Since its beginning in 1915, this feast has celebrated the rich culture of the Portuguese people and in particular the heritage of the people of Madeira, a Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean.
Continuous live entertainment on three stages featuring top
name entertainment plus cabaret style music and Fado singers in
the quiet atmosphere of the Courtyard Café at the Museum of
Madeiran Heritage. Full entertainment schedule will be posted
soon on the website www.PortugueseFeast.com
FOOD & DRINK:
Traditional Madeiran Portuguese dinner with numerous menu choices for full dinners in the main pavilion. Cook-you-own barbecue beef (carne d’espeto), sweet malassadas (fried dough)plus linguica (sausage) and baccalau (codfish) sandwiches. Hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries. Madeira wine imported in giant casks by special agreement with the Madeiran Government.
Kids day and half-price senior specials on Saturday afternoon- Saturday, Free admission to the Museum of Madeiran Heritage, 5K road race (cash prizes- entry form on website), largest and longest parade in New Bedford starting at Brooklawn Park, traditional folk dances, family oriented carnival midway, street vendors and much more!
The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament will host its annual parade on Sunday, in the City of New Bedford. The parade will start at 2 p.m.
Over forty different organizations will march the one mile route
from Brooklawn Park to the Feast grounds at Madeira Field.