Welcome/Bem-vindo to our 103rd Annual Celebration
August 3,4,5,6, 2017

 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 just come down and see what's going on. This is the North End of New Bedford in the summer.

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