The Feast of the Three Saints
The Feast is a celebration of our Italian-American heritage. For three days, Common Street from Union Street to Jackson Street is alive with music, food, people and their laughter. The Feast, now in its 89th year, draws close to 75,000 visitors from throughout the New England area (and abroad) who partake in the various events.
Red, white and green colored lights illuminate the street and all the delicious and mouth-watering Italian foods available: Cannoli, Biscotti, Italian sausage, Pizza, Arancini (rice balls) and the ever-famous Sicilian delight of the Feast: Crispelli (plain, ricotta or anchovy-filled!).
Up and down the street people meet old acquaintances and renew friendships. Children’s laughter and squeals of delight fill the air as they win a toy or ride the amusements.
Friday evening begins with an opening parade of the St. Alfio Society members followed by free musical concerts at various locations. Saturday afternoon the festivities continue with musical acts, cooking demonstrations and the carnival games. Towards dusk the members of the Society gather to honor the Three Saints in the traditional Torchlight parade, ending with fireworks and the playing of the Cantata, the traditional three-part hymn in honor of the Saints.
Sunday morning there is a parade to the Church for a solemn Mass in honor of the Saints. The Mass is one of the highlights of the Feast, with the new Society candidates being sworn into the St. Alfio Society.
The Feast culminates with the procession of the Three Saints on Sunday afternoon. At exactly 3:00PM the bell rings, the confetti fires and the band plays the Marcia Reale, whereupon the statues of the Saints exit the Church and are brought upon the Vara. The procession takes place under a sky of confetti and streamers. Brightly colored bits of paper take flight and surround the onlookers and their children, who race to gather the streamers.
Children are hoisted up with offerings and pay their respects to the Saints, whose radiance touches everyone present amid the cheers shouted by all: “VIVA SANT’ ALFIO!”.
If you have any questions about the 2013 Feast Please Contact:
Feast Co-Chairmen Wayne Peters or Ray DiFiore
On behalf of all 169 members of the Saint Alfio Society we want to recognize our fantastic 2013 Corporate Sponsors who have helped to make our 90th Feast of the Three Saints one of the largest Sicilian Feasts in the Northeast.
90TH Feast Corporate Sponsors for 2013.
TUSCAN MARKETPLACE/ TUSCAN KITCHEN (3RD YEAR)
CATAUDELLA FUNERAL HOME (7TH YEAR)
COLIZZI MEMORIALS (2ND YEAR)
DEMOULAS MARKET BASKET SUPERMARKETS (3RD YEAR)
GREATER LAWRENCE FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS (2ND YEAR)
JACKSON LUMBER COMPANY (9TH YEAR)
WCCM,COSTA EAGLE BROADCASTING (3RD YEAR)
CLADDAGH PUB (3RD YEAR)
DIBURRO’S FUNCTION HALL
GLENN GARY, GENERAL CONTRACTING, LLC
HOLY FAMILY HOSPITAL
LAWRENCE GENERAL HOSPITAL (2ND YEAR)
MERRIMACK VALLEY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION (10TH YEAR)
T.D.BANK (13TH YEAR)
TRIPOLI BAKERY (10TH YEAR)
This year over 100,000 people will attend our Feast from all over New England.
Mike Lomazzo, Chairman, Feast Corporate Sponsors.
Committee Heads for 90th Feast 2013
Feast Chairmen – Wayne Peters, Ray DiFiore
Vendors – Paul Licciardi, Aaron DiGloria
Lights – Anthony Fiorante, Chuck Fucca
Electrical – Chuck Fucca, Benny Vinci
Bandstand – Frank Tasca, Jim Fazio,
10 K Raffle – Joe Mariano, Peter Messina
Feast Mass – Alfred LaSPina
Program Book – Tony Bruzzese, Mike Fusco
New Members – Mike Fusco
Scholarships – Paul Blais
Corporate Sponsor – Mike LoMazzo
Entertainment – Mike LoMazzo
Publicity – Tom Zappala
Bandstand – John Dube, Mark Leone
Building – Mike Morley
Security – Alan Andrews, Alan Maranto
Café- Andy Wall
Fireworks – TJ Tasca, John Terrenova
Confetti – Joe Mariano
Slush – Dennis Winning
Feast Mass – Al Laspina, Domenic Messina
Preparing Vara – Chuck Fucca, Benny Vinci
Adoration – Alfred LaSpina
Saints Preparation – Frank Vaccaro, Sam Pauta
Finances – Jack Roy, Jimmy Salvo
Raffle Tickets – Tony Fusco, Bob Filetti
Historians – Joe Bella, Richard Padova
Bell Ringer – Anthony Pennisi
Texas Hold –em – Mark Battle, Joe Midolo, Jacob Bosse, Mike Contarino
Silent Auction – Bill Scholfield, Anthony Tomaselli
Pigeons – Ray DiFiore
Balloons – Gerry Desmet, Norm MacQuarrie, John Capriole
Dinner Dance – John Capriole
Bands – Tony Bruzzese
City Contracts – Mike Morley
Closing of Streets – Richard Guilmette, Alan Maranto
Torchlight Parade – Alfred LaSpina, Domenic Messina