Having just moved to the North End of Boston earlier this year I've had very little experience with the Processions and Feasts. During the summer the streets of the North End come alive with several processions to honor many patron saints. It's incredible to witness and be a part of. As the summer progresses we are blessed with a few actual feasts that bring the streets and alleys to a fever pitch with food, music and thousands of people! The largest being St Anthony's rite at the end of the summer.
This weekend was the Procession of St. Rocco at St. Leonard's Church on Hanover & Prince Streets.
Heres a little about St Rocco
Saint Rocco was born into a French family of aristocracy. He then turned away from his worldly inheritance and status. He gave all of his possessions to the poor and the sick. Saint Rocco willingly lead a life of poverty, charity and service to others. He traveled through plague stricken Europe caring for the sick and ultimately, through the grace of God, miraculously curing those he encountered. Saint Rocco, born into power and influence, escaped death from starvation and plague by eating food brought to him by a dog.
San Nicola Baronia, a small town in Italy, adopted this Holy Man as their patron saint. Immigrants from this town established a Society dedicated to his works in Boston, Mass. in 1921.
St Rocco was also featured in The Godfather II in the New York City Procession.
Here are a few shots form the weekend! Enjoy