Lifting the Giglio in Williamsburg

The Rev. J.Gigantiello stood on the Giglio during the feast. (Photo by Mario Belluomo via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The annual Giglio Feast in Williamsburg marks its 115th year with events running July 5 to 15, with the most famous spectacle being the lifting of the Giglio. On July 8, more than a hundred men raised the 72-foot high, 8,000-pound tower, in honor of a neighborhood celebration dating back to 1903, reports Ariama Long in Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

“It’s a little of an addiction,” said John Perrone of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. “The Williamsburg Italian community has always been close-knit and the feast has kept people together, even though we don’t all live in Brooklyn. It’s our reason to go home.”

Mark Garzon noted in Greenpoint Star that Italian immigrants who began settling in Williamsburg in the 1880s introduced the festival to the neighborhood to honor San Paolino, the patron saint of the immigrants, who came from Nola, Italy.

Go to Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Greenpoint Star for more details and photos on the Giglio Feast.

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