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Saint Agrippina Festival
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A Photo Essay of Boston’s North End Saint Agrippina Festival & Saint Anthony’s Feast

Boston’s North End is a fascinating place, but it comes alive in August with a series of local Italian Festivals. Throughout the month of August, you’ll find a parade every weekend with street fireworks and local bands marching through the street. I really like Boston’s North End, a lot. There’s a richness of culture here, history in the form of mom and pop shops with generations of business, and a real sense of deep-rooted community.

Street photography in black and white and color from Boston's North End Festivals. Modern Pastry, Mike's Pastry, Italian Food and More. Visit www.ThePassportLifestyle.com for more Boston, Massachusetts travel tips and inspiration
Our neighborhood cafe

In a world where everything is always changing, there’s a sense of permanence here which I find incredibly refreshing in this day in age.

It’s rare today to find a place where you meet people who’ve spent their entire lives on a single street. I walk my dog down the street and greet the same bunch of local Italian men, some likely kin to the North End’s mafia days. They sit outside in lawn chairs, people watching and smoking stogies. Life is still beautifully simple for many here.

There’s a different feel here, a world of its own. And if you let them, these locals will talk to you on the street for hours at a time. One local told me that the biggest way the North End has changed has been how my generation never talks to people anymore.  I’ve been trying to make an effort to be more social here. You used to be able to walk up to anyone and just talk, but people today are so different he says. This same local also told me that the North End was also a lot safer back when the mob ran the streets. “No one would mess with women back then,” he said. You can thank Whitey Bulger for that change, lol. If you want to know more about the North End’s Mob Era, read this article. It’s a good article.

Locals young at heart

But the Saint Anthony’s Feast is the largest festival of the year. Regina Pizza is usually the largest sponsor. Some of the most historic blocks of the North End are shut off and vendors with fantastic local Italian food line the streets. You can find rice ball, cannolis, Italian ice, street food galore, men smoking stogies, locals sitting in yard chairs in the middle of the street, and just a general celebration of culture within this close-knit community. Honestly, it reminded me a bit of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. I’m kinda proud to call this place my home :).

On a side note, for those who follow my photography, I normally shoot with a Leica M9 but it has been to the Leica doctor getting treated for sensor burnout for the last two months. Leica installed some faulty sensors and had to replace them, free of charge at least. So in the meantime, I bought a used Ricoh GR to fill in for my street and travel photography and to be honest, I’m obsessed with this camera.

This camera shoots insanely well, it’s so well made, and it’s so light and easy. Since day one, I’ve been obsessed with it. You can find a used one between $300 and $500. I didn’t buy the upgraded GR II because I felt it wasn’t worth the extra cost. I’ll write more on this camera later, but just in case you’re wondering. People often ask me what camera I shoot with. Truth is, I shoot with like 10 different cameras! These are all shot with Ricoh GR though.

North End Boston Saint Anthony's Festival

Street photography in black and white and color from Boston's North End Festivals. Modern Pastry, Mike's Pastry, Italian Food and More. Visit www.ThePassportLifestyle.com for more Boston, Massachusetts travel tips and inspiration Street photography in black and white and color from Boston's North End Festivals. Modern Pastry, Mike's Pastry, Italian Food and More. Visit www.ThePassportLifestyle.com for more Boston, Massachusetts travel tips and inspiration R0322186

Italian performers
Italian performers

Street photography in black and white and color from Boston's North End Festivals. Modern Pastry, Mike's Pastry, Italian Food and More. Visit www.ThePassportLifestyle.com for more Boston, Massachusetts travel tips and inspiration

Dino's
Dino’s

Street photography in black and white and color from Boston's North End Festivals. Modern Pastry, Mike's Pastry, Italian Food and More. Visit www.ThePassportLifestyle.com for more Boston, Massachusetts travel tips and inspiration

Hanover Street
Hanover Street

Street photography in black and white and color from Boston's North End Festivals. Modern Pastry, Mike's Pastry, Italian Food and More. Visit www.ThePassportLifestyle.com for more Boston, Massachusetts travel tips and inspiration North End Boston Saint Anthony's Festival

North End Boston Saint Anthony's Festival
The local marching band is waiting for its cue

Street photography in black and white and color from Boston's North End Festivals. Modern Pastry, Mike's Pastry, Italian Food and More. Visit www.ThePassportLifestyle.com for more Boston, Massachusetts travel tips and inspiration

North End Boston Saint Anthony's Festival
The local marching band

North End Boston Saint Anthony's Festival

North End Boston Saint Anthony's Festival
Free Brady

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The next day, down the street
The next day, down the street

Street photography in black and white and color from Boston's North End Festivals. Modern Pastry, Mike's Pastry, Italian Food and More. Visit www.ThePassportLifestyle.com for more Boston, Massachusetts travel tips and inspiration

Waiting to Play
Waiting to Play

Street photography in black and white and color from Boston's North End Festivals. Modern Pastry, Mike's Pastry, Italian Food and More. Visit www.ThePassportLifestyle.com for more Boston, Massachusetts travel tips and inspiration

The Kentucky Derby
The Kentucky Derby

Street photography in black and white and color from Boston's North End Festivals. Modern Pastry, Mike's Pastry, Italian Food and More. Visit www.ThePassportLifestyle.com for more Boston, Massachusetts travel tips and inspiration Street photography in black and white and color from Boston's North End Festivals. Modern Pastry, Mike's Pastry, Italian Food and More. Visit www.ThePassportLifestyle.com for more Boston, Massachusetts travel tips and inspiration

Neighborhood gatherings everywhere
Neighborhood gatherings

Street photography in black and white and color from Boston's North End Festivals. Modern Pastry, Mike's Pastry, Italian Food and More. Visit www.ThePassportLifestyle.com for more Boston, Massachusetts travel tips and inspiration

They call him The Captain - from a local seafood vendor
They call him The Captain
Italian slush
Blue Italian slush
Famous boxer Tony DeMarco, a long time resident of the North End has a booth and sells his autobiography to fans
The famous boxer Tony DeMarco, a long-time resident of the North End had a booth set up to sell his autobiography to his fans
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North Enders leave their doors open and their chairs out

Street photography in black and white and color from Boston's North End Festivals. Modern Pastry, Mike's Pastry, Italian Food and More. Visit www.ThePassportLifestyle.com for more Boston, Massachusetts travel tips and inspiration

A lottery
Raffle
Confetti everywhere in the street
Confetti everywhere in the street

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