Feast of the Blessed Sacrament boosts New Bedford’s spirits

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — The dark cloud that seems to have settled over New Bedford lately — with a failed casino deal and the end of the Boston Olympic bid — was replaced Thursday by sunshine and excitement.

Now in its 101st year, the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament kicked off a four-day run Thursday. Organizers say they expect more than 100,000 people to attend the feast, hopefully bringing a much-needed economic boost to the city.

“We’ve actually been getting phone calls from people from other states, trying to get hotels. It’s just that growing effect, everybody enjoys coming to the feast,” said Nelson DeGouveia, President of this year’s feast.

“It means a whole lot of money coming into the city and we always appreciate that for sure,” added New Bedford Mayor John Mitchell.

Watch the above video for more on the economic impact of the feast.

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