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Eat, Drink, and be Mary!

This weekend is the last weekend of the North End Feasts until next year. It saddens me to realize that this will be the last feast in which I’ll actually live in the neighborhood. This really has been the best neighborhood I’ve ever lived in. Safe, convenient, quiet, and loaded with old-world charm. Yeah, the architecture isn’t the prettiest in the city, but what it lacks in design integrity it more than makes up for as the best urbanism a city can offer.

And these feasts are just so fun! Entire blocks (including mine – and all streets leading up to mine) are closed to traffic. There is garland strewn across every street with lights dangling from them. Vendors and stages are set up all over the place – serving unhealthy Italian specialties, cooking demonstrations, and concert performances. And then there are the parades led by the local Italian marching band and the statues being carried down the narrow streets…with people running up to pin money to it.

Ah – what those Catholics won’t do for a good time. And speaking of religion – check out this FABULOUS video! It’s for real – some religious folks re-made Sir Mix-a-Lot’s song “Baby Got Back” and called it “Baby Got Book.” And it’s all about the Bible. I think the best line is when a woman changes the line “Me so horny” to the best line of all time:

“Me so holy.”

Check it out!


  1. Comment by Lise on August 24, 2007 10:35 am

    Aw, but you’re giving it up for luuuuuv. 😉 Very funny video – doctrine is rockin’!

  2. Comment by Cruise on August 24, 2007 11:59 am

    Ha! great vid – thanks for sharing it!

  3. Comment by Dave in Chicago (2) on August 24, 2007 11:23 pm

    The festival looks like so much fun. DO ENJOY before your move!!

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