Portuguese Feast celebrates heritage this weekend with food, music, and more

The Saugus Portuguese Feast will be celebrated over the weekend at 262 Lynn Fells Parkway. The festival, put on by Império Mariense de Saugus and known as the Império Mariense, is a traditional Portuguese festival celebrated around the world. According to the organization’s website, it has been celebrated in the United States for “over 100 years” and the organization in Saugus was founded in 1927.

Walter Sousa, the organization’s president since 2006, said that the feast was established in 14th century and brought to the Americas from the Azores. He said that the festival celebrates the Holy Spirit.

The website notes: “This festival has become an important event in the lives of Portuguese-Americans, and a chance to re-connect with the beliefs and traditions of our ancestors. We urgently wish to keep our many unique and beautiful traditions alive for our children and the community.” According to the website, the feast developed on the Azores because of the hardships the early Portuguese settlers endured on the islands.

The three-day festival will include food, live music, and other activities. The hours of the feast are Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, go to the organization’s website at: www.imperiodesaugus.org.

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