Community celebrates Feast of Holy Ghost

Community celebrates Feast of Holy Ghost

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(left to right) Benita Roas-Monteaoo and Billy Hancock sell tickets to Milena Lowe. Photo by Michael Cummo.

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Marissa Estrella takes a piece of chicken off the grill. Photo by Angelina Godbout.

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Participants raise a glass. Photo by Michael Cummo.

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Traditional Portuguese dance. Photo by Michael Cummo.

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George Santos and Scott Ostrow grill up some food. Photo by Angelina Godbout

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Traditional music on stage. Photo by Michael Cummo.

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Dancers in traditional garb celebrated the Feast of the Holy Ghost at the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs. Photo by Michael Cummo.

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Parade. Photo by Michael Cummo.

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The parade winds up Circuit Ave. Photo by Michael Cummo.

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Photo by Michael Cummo.

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Photo by Michael Cummo.

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Photo by Michael Cummo.

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Photo by Michael Cummo.

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Photo by Michael Cummo.

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Photo by Michael Cummo.

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Photo by Michael Cummo.

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Shane True is gets his face painted as a spiderman as his father Shane Kelly watches. Photo by Angelina Godbout.

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The Roundabouts performed live. Photo by Angelina Godbout.


The annual Feast of the Holy Ghost, hosted by the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs, took place Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, traditional Portuguese cuisine, live music, games, and drinks graced the P-A Club. Sunday’s parade from the Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority to the P-A Club ended with a Portuguese dance performance.

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.”

In 2013, Yankee Magazine named the event one of its “Top 20 Events” in Massachusetts.