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Comment by Robin Friday on July 26, 2013 at 9:38am

My Uncle Paul Ferro served on the Committee back in 1954. I have always attended the feast growong up and into my adulthood. I remember walking in the parade as a kid. I live in Chicago now and come home each year for the Feast and now bring my child and grandkids to see and understand this lifelong tradition.Each year it is such a moving experience for me to come and share good times with family and go through the museum to show my grandkids their heritage!!!!! See you in a few days!!!!

Comment by Pauline M. Graviel on July 25, 2013 at 7:40pm

My Aunt and Uncle and my Aunts Parents all worked on the committee for years the Cunhas and the Ferreiras. I go with my cousins who live in N.Y. (from N.B.) every year. They come down just to go to the feast and we always make plans to meet -up with friends and family. The food is GREAT and the tradition is nice to be all together. We enjoy our portuguese culture and the music.

Comment by Carol A Souza Sylvia on July 22, 2013 at 10:05am

I have attended the Feast ever since I could walk. It has been a family tradition. My father was a member of the Committee and I and my family have work the Feast every year. The Feast has been a tradition in all Maderian families as well as Portuguese. We enjoy the food, wine, music, culture, parade. The tradition continues with my children which is third generation.It's a meeting place for family far and near to gather and catch up on family. I look forward to the Feast every year to see family and friends. Now we are in our third year of meeting old classmates and friends from the school Immaculate Conception. The tradition continues and new ones start.

Carol Souza Sylvia

Comment by Zee-Zee (Marie )Oliveira on July 19, 2013 at 9:36am

I love the food its part of my heritage ,and i get 2 see my family & friends that i don't get  2 see to often ..: -)

Comment by Sandy Leal on July 19, 2013 at 6:03am
Its something our family has done since I can remember and going there every year is like being with family. The food, the wine, the music there's nothing like it in the world.
Comment by Meghan O'Brien on July 18, 2013 at 9:00pm
I love seeing old friends and cooking carne d'espesto!
Comment by Jennifer Major on August 14, 2012 at 2:15pm
FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment by Mary Teixeira Pawlich on August 5, 2012 at 7:24pm

My dad Manuel Teixeira who once lived in New Bedford Mass. was a member of the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament. I remember going there every year since I was a kid, and watching the parade and helping out in the stands. It is so nice to hear that it is still going on in 2012.

Comment by David Lavallee on July 30, 2012 at 9:53am

I have been visiting the feast since I was just 7 months old. My great grandfather and grandfather were both members of the club and served on many feast commitees as I continue to do today and carry on my grandparents traditions. I will visit the monument every year on opening day and pay respects to them and watch the opening ceremonies. After the cermonies I will visit the Santana House and have a shot of Madeira wine with  friends and family before heading to the famous barbecue pit and cook several pounds of Carne D' Espesto like my grandparents did. Now I carry on this tradition and hopefully will pass it on to my daughter who is next in line. After eating with family and friends it's off to work and volunteer my time to the feast selling tickets, ID wristbands, or in food stand or wherever help is needed.My wife, daughter, mom, and friends and other family also help during the four days and up to 2 weeks before the feast preparing fo it all in carrying on my grandparents traditions and culture. Many thanks to them and have a safe happy feast.

Comment by Jesse Baptista on July 8, 2012 at 3:39pm

This picture was taken in the year 2008 when three (3) generations of the Baptista familes served as Festeiros or Committee members of the Feast ! We were told that, that was the first time that NINE members of one family have ever served  in the same year !  There was me and my three sons and my brother Frank and his three sons. Also in the pictures was my grand son .  In 1994 I served along with my five ( 5) brothers .This is one family tradition that we hope to continue with for years to come.

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