Holy Ghost Association’s annual feast, at the P-A Club tomorrow

Ralph Stewart

The Holy Ghost Association kicks off its annual Feast of the Holy Ghost this weekend, at the Portuguese American Club in Oak Bluffs with a celebration of food and music, beginning Saturday at 5 pm and continuing Sunday at 11 am with a colorful parade.

Sunday’s parade starts at the Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority terminal and ends at the club.

With traditions rooted in the story of a Spanish king’s daughter who defied her father to associate with the poor, it is one of the most cherished Portuguese celebrations, carried to the Island by immigrants from the Azores.

“In the United States, the culture of the Holy Ghost feast connected new Azorean immigrants to their homeland,” according to the P-A Club website. “It was, and still is, a way to unite, pray, celebrate, and remember their roots.”

This year, Yankee Magazine named the event one of its “Top 20 Events” in Massachusetts.