The crown above is probably the most recognizable symbol of the Great Feast of the Hold Ghost of New England. The Great Feast may be the biggest draw in Fall River. The 4 day festival draws over 300,000 people annually to Fall River's Kennedy Park. The festival has been a Fall River tradition for over 20 years and has been referred to as the largest Azorean celebration in the world.
It's interesting that this incredible celebration attended by hundreds of thousands of people of Portuguese descent takes place in the shadows of St. Anne's Church, a magnificent shrine founded by French-Canadian immigrants. It serves as a terrific reminder that the best thing about Fall River is the richness of the many cultures that call it home.