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North End feasts

July 14, 1974: Giving donations from their window to the statue of Madonna del Carmine were Josephina Marino and Peter Gerbino. The Feast of Madonna del Carmine was first celebrated in the North End in 1966. While older feasts were initiated by immigrants from Italy, this newest one was started by a small group of young men who were all born in this country and who, said feast chairman, Joseph Santangelo, 22, simply wanted their own celebration.

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July 14, 1974: Giving donations from their window to the statue of Madonna del Carmine were Josephina Marino and Peter Gerbino. The Feast of Madonna del Carmine was first celebrated in the North End in 1966. While older feasts were initiated by immigrants from Italy, this newest one was started by a small group of young men who were all born in this country and who, said feast chairman, Joseph Santangelo, 22, simply wanted their own celebration.

The feasts in Boston’s North End are the customary festivals in the summer for this neighborhood. For almost 100 years residents of the North End have honored the patron saints of Italy by parading and celebrating in the streets. Statues are hoisted on shoulders and covered with donations — music and food abound. - Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite

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