31 October 2010

1902 Boston San Rocco Festival

Boston Daily Globe 16 August 1902 p.17

"Tomorrow the Italian societies of the North End will celebrate the fest of San Rocco da Montepellier, for whom all Italian people have great devotion, and to whom they appeal in times of pestilence.  The feast  will be observed with religious and civic rites.  At 8 o'clock the societies will assemble at the hall, 117 North st, and at 9 o'clock they will go in procession through the principal streets of the northern part of the city, reaching the church of St Leonard of Port Maurice on Prince st at 10 o'clock.  A solemn high mass will be said there.  Rev Fr Ubaldus, OSF, will be celebrant, with Rev Fr Valerianus, OSF, as deacon, and Rev Fr Wenceslas, OSF, as subdeacon, and Rev Francis Liberti will deliver the sermon.  At 4 o'clock a band concert will be given on the Prince st playground, and at 7 the societies will have a torchlight parade through the principal streets north of Boylston st.  The honorary presidents of the celebration are Dr Errico Scalzilli, Dr Marco Mastrangelo, Arcangelo Marotta, Michele Rocci, Tommaso Nutile, Tommaso Tranfaglia, Giuseppe Scalzilli, Antonio Lemme, Andrea di Pietro.  The committee in charge are Marciano Galante, Michelangelo Calola, Rocco Vincenzo Matelano, Antonio Marciello, Carmine D'Avino, Francesco Pelosi, Ciriaco Morante, Salvatore de Vito."

Not a Torrese in the lot.  They were home lighting candles to San Ciriaco ;-)  Below photo swiped from Florindo's site.... maybe he'll pop in and tell us what year it was taken.


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