The Westerly Band will conduct a street procession from the Club grounds to St. Mary Church to pick up the symbolic crown and scepter before returning through the streets of the Borough, particularly through the area "south of the cannons"where the Portuguese settlers who began the Feast lived during most of the 1900's.
In Stonington and throughout the world, the feast centers on the religious ceremony during which the crown and scepter are blessed and the symbolic crowning takes place, recalling the descent of the Holy Ghost upon Queen Saint Isabel centuries ago. After the coronation, the people joyously partake in the feast at the grounds of the Holy Ghost hall with music and traditional foods. The afternoon is filled with the auction of locally baked sweetbread, seafood, and other specialties. Finally as the evening arrives, the celebration concludes with the drawing of the seven people whose homes will be blessed by the crown and scepter during the coming year and the selection of the sponsor of the following year's feast.