By Beth David, Editor
The annual Our Lady of Angels Feast returned to North Fairhaven this weekend after being canceled last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The traditional Portuguese “festa” features live music, game booths, Portugese and American foods, auctions and activities for children.
Vendors and organizers of “the Biggest Little Feast” said it was well attended, with the first night being very packed, Sunday a little less so, due to iffy weather and some rain, and Sunday packed again.
The procession on Monday was well attended with lots of people lining Main Street to watch the OLOA statue as it was carried in the street from St. Mary’s Church to Benoit Square and back.
This year the statue had two extra money wreaths. One in memory of Marguerite Canastra and one in memory of Gerry Nicolai. And, of course, the big wreath that hung across the driveway that the statue carriers plucked off the wire with the arm of the statue.
The malasada line was, as usual, the longest line on Monday after the procession.
Wayne Costa said he had no problem waiting in line for malasadas, fully expecting them to be worth the wait. He said he attended the last one (two years ago) and “it was so good.”
His family also got the clam cakes and other food, splitting up to wait i the various lines.
Originally from Fall River, Mr. Costa said he has attended the “last few” OLOA feasts, and has friends who live in the neighborhood.
Madeline Bettencourt and Olga Figueira also decided the long wait, it could be up to 45 minutes, was worth it for the malasadas.
“I’m so glad they did it this year, it’s nice,” said Ms. Bettencourt, adding that she works at the Madeira feast in New Bedford. “I love it. It’s all about meeting people you haven’t seen in awhile, getting out, and helping the church, just having a good time.”
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