World's Largest Portuguese Feast - New Bedford Ma
Welcome to the 99th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament!
Being nominated this year’s feast President gives me the opportunity to carry on the tradition started by my grandfather almost 100 years ago. Read More...
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
Opening night entertainment includes the popular ‘Living on a Bad Name’ Bon Jovi tribute band, the award winning Folkoric Dancers and FUEL, the hit rock group from the late 1990s.
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- Aug 4, 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, August 5th, 2012 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.
last night was my first time ever going to the feast i just moved to new bedford about 7 months ago and i have to say it was awesome my fiance and i had a really good time the music was awesome food was great and we are going again tonight and very excited about it!!!!
Posted by brittany richard on August 4, 2012 at 11:30am
Ola Friends from the Feast:
We had a blast performing on main stage and in the museum in 2010.
With both of my parents being from Madeira, I was totally embraced and immersed in the beautiful community.
My band and I had a memorable experience and look forward to returning to attend and or perform next time, perhaps even next year!
We are sorry to have missed it this year, but enjoy reading all of the amazing talents and fun that we know you have all had. Go to our face book page and drop us a thumbs up!
Muito obrigada e abracos,
Ramana Vieira and Ensemble
p.s. To catch up with all that we have been doing go to:
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Each year, the spirit of the Feast of the Blessed Sacrement is sealed within us all at the cooking pits. Barbequing Carne de Esprito, in its many forms, some using onions, peppers, sauces, traditional salt, wine, beer or any other incantation known to man, while standing closely side by side, elbow to elbow, the heat from the pits purifies us by burning away our pettiness and attitudes, binding us all to the precepts of the Feast itself; selflessness and brotherhood. Whether you see me there or someone else, carry on the traditon at the pits and give your fellow folks a smile, offer your neighbor a piece of meat and wish everyone a happy Feast. The karma you create will last you the entire year!
Posted by timothy bigham on August 1, 2012 at 11:25am
Coming from San Diego, CA to the Feast. Looking forward to good food, music and exploring new places.Continue
Posted by Elsa Machado on July 24, 2012 at 3:01pm
I grew up on Nash Road. The Feast was the highlight of the summer in this Portuguese community, where it seems everyone we knew would make the effort to be there so they could see everyone they knew. We would watch the parade on Sunday, see all the candidates running for election that year, eat espetada, cacoila, stewed favas, wonderful goat and rabbit dishes, linguica, and so much more. As kids we would love the rides and the candy apples. The adults would watch the bands play, meet each other and catch up with family gossip, have Madeira wine and a beer; I remember trying to walk by the beer baraca without getting my ankles wet from all the people drinking beer on Saturday nights. My grandfather and father were members and I serve too now and then. While it's often called the "Madeira" feast, it's a huge Portuguese blow-out that everyone can come and have fun at, Madeiran or not, Portuguese or not, New Bedford native or not. There is something for everyone, and it's free to…Continue
Posted by Danny Baptista on July 11, 2012 at 10:29pm
I have lived in New Bedford for a while now, but this year will only be my second time at the feast. I don't know what made me take so long, cause it is so much fun! Good food, good people, strong wine, music, and dancing :). Hopefully the wine doesn't knock me on my butt again! Very excited for Fuel!
Posted by Kerri Sullivan on July 4, 2012 at 8:02pm