New Bedford prepares to host feast for 100,000+

New Bedford is preparing to host the world’s largest Portuguese feast.

The 100th Celebration of the Blessed Sacrament, often called the Madeira Feast, takes place July 31 – August 4 at Madeira Field in New Bedford.

Organizers say they are expecting more than 100,000 people to attend the four-day event which includes non-stop international and American entertainment, traditional food, a parade, kids activities, and much more.

If you’re planning to attend, the event does not have its own parking facility and is held in the center of a residential neighborhood. Attendees should expect to pay to park in makeshift lots located on surrounding streets.

Items such as backpacks, alcohol, food, beverages, and large blankets are not permitted, but smaller items such as strollers and folding chairs will be allowed on the grounds.

The fair also operates on a cashless system that’s similar to a county fair. When visitors arrive, they can purchase tickets which are redeemed for food and drinks. There’s no admission charge to get to the feast, but food and drinks are additional. Donations are also accepted.

Eyewitness News’ Shannon Hegy will be live on-location reporting from the Portuguese feast–watch Eyewitness News at 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 10, and 11 p.m. on WPRI 12 & FOX Providence on Thursday, July 31 for her updates from the celebration.

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