Holy Ghost Festival

The Portuguese Holy Ghost Feast and Festival starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 16.

Feast of the Holy Ghost Celebrates Community, Both Past and Present

The Feast of the Holy Ghost parade stepped off from the Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority terminal on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. under a sweltering sun. It was part of the annual two-day Portuguese festival celebrating history, food, music and giving back to the community.

Make Way for the Feast of the Holy Ghost

Last week was fried dough at the Tisbury Street Fair. This week it’s malasada, sopa and cacoila. Welcome to the Portuguese Holy Ghost Feast and Festival, a two-day extravaganza of eating, festivities and a parade through the streets of Oak Bluffs.

A Feast for the Eyes and Soul at Holy Ghost Parade

The annual Feast of the Holy Ghost parade began at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday outside the Steamship Authority terminal and then headed up Circuit avenue. Ninety-three-year-old Anita Combra did not walk in the parade this year, instead it came to her, as per tradition.

Holy Ghost Festival

Whether you go for the food or the dancing or the parade or the games, the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs will have plenty of options for you this weekend as it hosts its annual Feast of the Holy Ghost.

With Crown, Food and Parade, Feast of Holy Ghost Celebrates Community Coming Together

By the time the celebrants arrived at the Portuguese American club on Saturday, the soup was hot, the chicken was cooking and the ice-cold drinks were ready.

Chefs Brian Patrick Hall of Oak Bluffs and Dylan Estrella of Edgartown were stirring their inaugural sopa, made with fresh linguica, beef and cabbage.

Feast of the Holy Ghost

This weekend the Vineyard celebrates the feast of the Holy Ghost. On Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. the P.A. Club located at 137 Vineyard avenue in Oak Bluffs hosts the party. DJ Ricky Prime spins the tunes and no one will go home hungry.

On Sunday at 11:30 a.m. the parade begins at the Steamship Ferry in Oak Bluffs and gradually makes its way to the P.A. Club. The party continues until 5 p.m. Food, henna tattoos, games, auction, face painting and music on both days on Sunday after the parade the Bay State Band.

Sopa for Sale Holy Ghost Feast Honors Heritage of Portuguese

Holy Ghost Feast Honors Heritage of Portuguese


Two days of celebration begin tomorrow in the annual Feast of the Holy Ghost. Islanders of Portuguese heritage and their friends will party, dine and parade in a festival whose traditions date back more than half a century.

"This is our heritage," said Bobbie Ann Gibson of Oak Bluffs, president of the Holy Ghost Association.

Holy Ghost Feast Honors Portuguese Tradition

They came by the thousands. The word at the annual Feast of the Holy Ghost was that on Martha's Vineyard, everyone can be Portuguese for a weekend.

Fathers, Sons and Holy Ghost Festival: Families Carry On Portuguese Tradition

The scene at the Portuguese-American Club Saturday night smelled of fresh fried dough, sweet bread, marinated shish-kebabs over the fire, Cacoila (Portuguese stew), and of course, of sopa, the soup that Islanders of all heritages associate so much with this annual celebration of the Feast of the Holy Ghost.

“It takes a lot of people to make it all work,” said longtime coordinator Tricia Bergeron. And a lot of people volunteer, year after year.