By Beth David, Editor
Dubbed “The Biggest Little Feast,” the Our Lady of Angels annual Portuguese “festa” lived up to its name this weekend. Despite a slight dip in attendance during the evening hours, largely attributed to the EEE scare, most food vendors said they were selling food at a good pace. The weather was great all three days, and the procession on Monday proceeded as planned. The 89-year-old statue was repainted this year and a new base was constructed and attached just last week. The new base has an aluminum frame, and a different system for carrying.
The old system used four short poles that were inserted at the two front corners and the two back corners. Four people would carry using those poles and two people, one on each side, would also stand in the middle.
The new system uses two long poles that go right through the base and allow for two people in front and two people in back carrying on each pole for a total of eight people carrying, with no one in the middle.
The statue weighs about 700 pounds, the new base weighs 266 pounds (90 pounds heavier than the old base), and the poles, made from Douglas Fir, weigh 75 pounds combined.
OLOA members carried the statue from St. Mary’s Church on Main Street in Fairhaven to Benoit Square and back again on Monday, the third and last day of the feast.
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