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98th annual Italian Feast of Saints Cosmas & Damian – Sept. 8, 9 & 10

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Wayne Newton, Stevie B & Rock & Roll Hall of Famers The Coasters headline three-day Feast

 

It’s that time of year again when East Cambridge will come alive for the 98th annual Italian Feast of Saints Cosmas & Damian on September 8, 9 & 10 on Warren, Cambridge and Porter Streets. The three-day fun family event features a wide variety of sweet and savory food, a beer garden, amusement rides, games, parades and music that spans four decades of dance, pop and rock. Festivities begin on Friday at 6:00 p.m., when Saints Cosmas and Damian – accompanied by members of The Saints Cosmas and Damian Society, the North End Marching Band and the faithful – process from their permanent home at 17 Porter St. in East Cambridge to the outdoor chapel overlooking the festival concourse on Warren Street. At 7:00 p.m., a special healing service with the holy relics of Saints Cosmas and Damian and led by Monsignor Anthony Spinosa (formerly from East Cambridge) from the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon will take place at the outdoor chapel.

Warren Street Party Night will begin at 7:30 p.m.! The famous Stevie B will be performing at the Feast! Stevie B is one of the biggest names in pop music from the 1980s and 1990s. He ruled the charts with hit after hit, including “Party Your Body,” “In My Eyes,” “I Wanna Be the One,” “Dreamin’ of Love,” “Spring Love” and “Because I Love You (The Postman Song).” In addition, Club Classic DJ Ricky (formerly of STAR 93.7 FM) will keep the night going and make sure everyone is dancing in the streets!

On Saturday, the festivities begin at 1:00 p.m. as the savory aromas of pizza, fried dough, Italian sausages, peppers, zeppoli and much more permeate the air around Cambridge, Porter, and Warren Streets, along with continuous entertainment, including crooner Gian Faraone from New York City and New England’s internationally acclaimed vocal duo, P2. At 6:30 p.m. Saints Cosmas and Damian accompanied by members of the Society, the North End Marching Band, the award-winning Everett High School Marching Band and the faithful will process from the saints’ permanent home at 17 Porter St. to the outdoor chapel. Beginning at 8:00 p.m., Mr. Las Vegas will be coming to East Cambridge! The legendary Wayne Newton will be performing on Warren Street!

Wayne Newton is a world renowned and record-setting performer and actor. No other name or person is so defining, representative or synonymous with Las Vegas and the entertainment capital of the world than Wayne Newton. Come and hear his iconic signature song, “Danke Schoen,” in addition to countless other top hits – “Daddy, Don’t You Walk So Fast,” “Red Roses for a Blue Lady,” “At This Moment,” “The Letter,” “Summer Wind” and “Years”!

The grand finale of the Feast on Sunday begins at 10:30 a.m. with a Mass in honor of the Healing Saints Cosmas and Damian on the Warren Street Stage. At 1:30 p.m. the grand procession with the Saints – accompanied by the North End Marching Band and St. Alfio’s Marching Band – winds through the streets of East Cambridge and Somerville.

Join us from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a New England Patriots Street Party and watch the game on our big screen. Prizes and tickets will be given away as well. Come watch the game with us!

Local favorites Stephen Savio and Sea Breeze as well as Smokin’ Joe and his band will entertain throughout the day as the food and fun flow through the streets. The parade arrives back on Warren Street at 7:00 p.m. for a welcome back confetti celebration followed by a live performance by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Coasters (“Yakety Yak,” “Charlie Brown,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Poison Ivy”).

Parking is available in Twin City Plaza next to the feast all weekend. For Feast and vendor information, call 617-407-1256 or visit www.cosmas-and-damian.org. See you at the Feast!

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