Celebrate Other Cultures in Boston This Summer

spaghettiDo you love celebrating other cultures while dining on excellent food? If so, you will be happy to learn that Boston offers a number of events celebrating certain cultures throughout the summer. Here is a look at just a few of the events you might wish to enjoy this year.

Bastille Day

Bastille Day is a French national holiday celebrating the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789. The event was trigged by the storming of the Bastille prison as the French people revolted against the tyranny of the monarchy. In Boston, this day is celebrated at the French Cultural Center on the day before the day of the event, which took place on July 14th. This means Bastille day will take place on July 10th this year.

To put on the event, Marlborough between Berkeley and Claredon is blocked off to make space for a massive street party. With high-energy, street dancing and numerous French restaurants selling their best dishes, Bastille Day is Boston’s celebration of the French culture.

Bastille Day takes place from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm, though the music ends at 10:00 pm, on July 10th. The cost is $28 for advance tickets or $35 at the door. The event is free for children under the age of 10.

North End Italian Feast and Festivals

If Italian food and culture is more your style, you will be happy to know there are several different North End Italian Feasts and Festivals taking place this summer. These festivals allow you to enjoy Italian food while listening to great music and otherwise enjoying the high-energy of the North End. Some of the Italian Feasts and Festivals taking place this summer include:

  • June 7th: Santa Maria Di Anzano starts at St. Leonard Church, which is located at Hanover and Prince Streets. The procession starts at 2:00 pm.
  • June 14th: Saint Anthony of Padua starts at St. Leonard Church, which is located at Hanover and Prince Streets. The procession starts at 2:00 pm with a 5:00 pm Blessing of the Children at Saint Leonard Church.
  • June 28th: Saint Padro Pio starts at St. Leonard Church, which is located at Hanover and Prince Streets. The procession starts at 2:00 pm.
  • July 12th: Madonna della Grazie’s Procession starts at St. Leonard Church, which is located at Hanover and Prince Streets. The procession starts at 2:00 pm.
  • July 19th: St. Rocco’s Procession: Starts at St. Leonard Church, which is located at Hanover and Prince Streets. The procession starts at 1:00 pm.
  • July 26th: St. Joseph starts at St. Jospeh Society of Riesi, Sicily at 467 Hanover Street. The procession starts at 1:00 pm.
  • July 31st-August 2nd: St. Agrippina di Mineo Feast and Procession offers a feast starting at 7:00 pm on Friday and from noon to 11:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The event also features a procession starting at Hanover and Battery Streets at noon on Sunday.
  • August 7-9: Madonna Della Cava Feast offers a feast at 7:00 pm on Friday and from noon to 11:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The event also features a procession starting at Battery and Hanover streets at 1:00 pm on Sunday.

 

This is only a sampling of what the city has to offer. For a full listing of North End Feasts and Processions, visit the North End website.

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