Here’s the history of the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament happening in New Bedford
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) — Are you heading to the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament in New Bedford? Here’s the history.
Founded in 1915, the feast has become the largest Portuguese feast in the world.
Thousands of visitors flock to the city’s North End each year, free of charge.
“The feast is an opportunity for all to share in the rich Madeiran heritage and family values,” according to the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament website.
Those attending the feast can find tons of Portuguese foods, including a 40-foot barbeque pit, as well as performances, rides, and games for the whole family.
Visitors can stop by the Santana House, recreated in the architectural style of the village houses of Santana, Madeira.
Also, make sure to visit the only of its kind, Museum of Madeiran Heritage, where you can find photographs and artifacts of Madeiran immigration.
At the end of the festival, the Club Madeirense S.S. Sacramento selects a member of the Feast Committee to organize the event the following year. Members are only allowed to serve on the Feast committee once every five years.
Tuesday, organizers told ABC 6 News they’re expecting over 100,000 people to attend the feast throughout the weekend. The feast starts Thursday and runs until Sunday.