Parade route posted, safety urged at feast

One of New Bedford’s premiere events, The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, returns for the 103rd time this weekend, Aug. 3-6, at the feast grounds.

One of the highlights of the festival is the parade, which will start at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6.

The parade begins at Brooklawn Park and proceeds south on Acushnet Avenue to Earle Street, turns east onto Earle Street and continues to the Immaculate Conception Church. It then turns north onto Madeira Avenue and proceeds to Madeira Field, where it enters the feast grounds and past the reviewing stand at Stage 1.

There is no parking along the parade route.

New Bedford Police reminds everyone to stay safe during the feast.
Drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive. If you plan to drink, have a designated driver or call a cab. Remember that heat can exacerbate the affects of alcohol.

Be courteous of the neighbors. Drive slowly, do not park across driveways and try to remain quiet when entering or exiting the feast grounds.

Be respectful of fellow feast-goers. Crowds can get large and lines can be long. Be patient, be polite and enjoy!