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Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

The 105th Year of the Portuguese Feast

From Thursday, August 1 through Sunday, August 4, the 105th annual Feast of the Blessed Sacrament will celebrate traditional Madeiran Portuguese culture with good food, good wine, and great live entertainment. Every year, thousands of visitors gather in New Bedford, MA to enjoy all the elements that make this event

so popular:

Annual Parade – Starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, the one-mile parade route will be filled with colorful floats, brass bands, bagpipers, fife and drum bands, popular singing groups, folkloric groups, giant puppets,

Clydesdale horses, jugglers, clowns, pirates, militias, beauty queens, classic cars, plus a few surprises.

Free Live Entertainment – There will be great music on four stages all four days of The Feast (check

website for lineup).

The Carnival – You’ll find rides for children and adults (including some new ones) in addition to lots of fun activities.

Family Fun Day – On Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., families can enjoy the Carnival, Cambridge Traveling Science Museum, Buttonwood Park Zoo, Fishing Heritage Museum, the Toe Jam Puppet Band, face painting, a flash mob and routine by Dance Xtreme, and more. Plus, kids under 12 get free burgers, hot dogs, French

fries, and sodas. 

5K Road Race – The race begins Saturday at 10 a.m. (check-in time is 8:30 a.m.). The course runs through the historic north end of New Bedford, with the Madeira Field arches marking the finish line. All entrants are treated to food and drink with t-shirts given out to the first 250. There will be prizes or medals for winning participants in several age/gender categories.

Food and Drink – The amazing variety of traditional Madeiran food and beverages is one of the highlights of The Feast. Visitors will find traditional dinner offerings in the main pavilion or they can cook their own sirloin cubes (carne d’espeto) at the large outdoor barbecue pit. Beverages include Madeira wine shipped in barrels directly from The Island of Madeira (exclusively for The Feast), mixed drinks, wines, beer, and non-alcoholic fare including bottled water, soft drinks, coffee, and espresso.

The Feast also offers raffles, the Museum of Madeiran Heritage, entertainment in the Museum Cafe´, Senior Day, vendors, traditional folk dancing, Sunday morning Mass, and many other activities for visitors of all ages. Admission is free.

For complete details and updates, visit feastoftheblessedsacramentcom.ning.com.