You are invited! Join us August 3 - 6, 2017
When: August 3rd, Thursday 6 pm - 11:30 pm
August 4th, Friday Noon - 11:30 pm
August 5th, Saturday Noon - 11:30 pm
August 6th, Sunday Noon - 11:30 pm
Where: 50 Madeira Ave, New Bedford, MA
COFFEE WITH FEAST PRESIDENT
Steve Duarte shares his sincere passion and his commitment to the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament. “Togetherness, love, heritage, tradition, and faith. Our parents gave this legacy to us. They instilled in us a deep faith and a great sense of ancestral pride” - by Joe Sousa Sr. (Museum of Madeiran Heritage)
The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament commences Thursday with the assembly of the Festeiros (Feast Committee Members) at the intersection of Earle Street and Acushnet Avenue. Led by the Feast President, the Festeiros march in a special procession down Earle Street to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church which is located at the corner of Earle Street and Madeira Avenue. At the church, Father Daniel O. Reis celebrates a special Benediction to the Blessed Sacrament.
Continuous live entertainment on four stages featuring top name entertainment plus cabaret style music and Fado singers in the quiet atmosphere of the Courtyard Café at the Museum of Madeiran Heritage.
FOOD & DRINK:
Traditional Madeiran Portuguese dinner with numerous menu choices for full dinners in the main pavilion. Cook-you-own barbecue beef (carne d’espeto), sweet malassadas (fried dough)plus linguica (sausage) and baccalau (codfish) sandwiches. Hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries. Madeira wine imported in giant casks by special agreement with the Madeiran Government.
FAMILY FUN DAY:
The Family Day program has grown over the years and this year is chock full of wonderful entertainment that will please the child in us all. Featuring both kid-themed activities such as face painting and more...
Kids day and half-price senior specials on Saturday afternoon- Saturday, Free admission to the Museum of Madeiran Heritage, 5K road race (cash prizes- entry form on website), largest and longest parade in New Bedford starting at Brooklawn Park, traditional folk dances, family oriented carnival midway, street vendors and much more!
The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament will host its annual parade on Sunday, in the City of New Bedford. The parade will start at 2p.m. Over forty different organizations will march the one mile route from Brooklawn Park to the Feast grounds at Madeira Field.
MUSEUM CAFE ENTERTAINMENT:
Museum Café located in the cobblestone courtyard just south of the building. The Cafe serves wine, cool drinks and espresso and cappuccino. Quiet Madeiran and other music create a calming atmosphere where conversation is easy at comfortable bistro style tables. Renowned local fado singers are regular guests at our café singing the soulful Portuguese music.
The Wall of Hope
Muro de Esperança
Traditionally, in Madeira, held since 1979, on an appeal to the world of peace, involves over a thousand children who go from Avenida Arriaga to Praça do Municipio to place one flower on the wall to symbolize hope. The children’s purity is associated to the flowers delicacy, and when one adds a flower on the wall it means an appeal for peace. The wall of flowers symbolizes hope for a better world. Read more
Feast President Steve Duarte - People who help make "The Feast" happen!
THE FEAST BEFORE THE FEAST!
Coffee with Feast President Steve Duarte, as he takes us behind the scences giving us a small glimpse of what it takes to put on the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament - Official!