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Join Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Church in Williamsburg for a celebration that commemorates an extraordinary bit of southern Italian history. The Giglio Feast features muscles, music, tempting treats, artwork, parades, children's rides and Catholic Masses in several languages. Don’t miss a spectacular Italian festivity that promises a memorable experience for every visitor. A spectacular Italian Festival kicking off July 6th in Brooklyn honoring Saint Paolino has it all: faith, food, music, neighborhood pride, history, colorful cultural celebrations and international visitors. Neapolitan immigrants from Italy settled in Williamsburg long ago and brought a beautiful tradition to the streets of Brooklyn with the first ‘Giglio’ (Italian for “lily”) festival in 1903. During the 12-day extravaganza, a five-story, spectacular, hand-created tower featuring Saint Paolino’s statue and a 12-piece brass band playing on a platform, is carried on the sturdy shoulders of a 125-man platoon through the Williamsburg streets. Music, muscles, parades, artwork, tempting treats, children’s rides and Catholic Masses in several languages make up the wide array of activities and attractions during the spectacular Italian festivities – promising a memorable experience for every visitor. A “Capo” – a very honored gentleman of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish – using a megaphone, calls out orders to the ‘lifters” – Forward! Up! Down! Dance! Circulate! – and the immense tower, defying laws of gravity, “dances”. A re-enactment of the Neapolitan St. Paolino’s release from captivity includes an ornate, custom-made ship docking with the Giglio tower on the Brooklyn streets, providing a Broadway show caliber spectacle! The great appeal to many, including those who have attended the Giglio for decades, are the Italian-themed souvenirs, the tasty Italian delicacies including seafood, zeppoles and braciola, and kiddie rides for the youngsters. HOURS: Monday – Friday: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays: 6 p.m. to Midnight Sundays: 12 Noon to 11 p.m See website for complete schedule. Source & image: explorebk.com

Event Details

    July 16, 2016 - July 17, 2016
    08:00 AM - 05:00 PM