East Boston residents will celebrate the neighborhood’s 25th annual Eastie Pride Day this weekend at Piers Park, organizers announced.
Boston City Councilor Salvatore LaMattina, a lifelong East Boston resident, founded the event in 1989 to celebrate the neighborhood’s history and cultural diversity, and to bring together new residents with old friends and family members from throughout the neighborhood and across the region.
“I started this event years ago, when people started moving out of East Boston,” LaMattina said at the festival in 2011. “A lot of people said, ‘Ah, East Boston’s changed,’ but a lot of us stayed here.”
The day will include musical performances, children’s entertainment and activities, and free food from many of the neighborhood’s popular and eclectic mix of restaurants.
The festivities will take place on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Piers Park on Marginal Street, with opening ceremonies beginning at 3 p.m. and hosted by Edward “Eddie” Palladino, announcer for the Boston Celtics.
They will include performances by troupes from the Eleanor Rubino Academy of Performing Arts, the Rachel Ferrante School of Dance, Flames Cheerleaders, and the Beverly Richards Dance Academy.
Musical performers will include Angelina Botticelli, Sabrina Ryan, Joe Maraio, Smokin’ Joe and the Henchmen, and as the headline act, New Bedford natives Tavares, performers of such 1970s hits as “It Only Takes a Minute” and “Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel.”
Children’s programming will include face-painting, a crafts table, and performances by Ronnie the Clown, Silly Willy the Balloon Artist, and Little Iguanas. The day will also offer sack races, hula hoop contests, and sailboat rides from Piers Park Sailing Center.
For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.
Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com