A Look at the 126th Annual Feast of San Paolino di Nola in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Jul 19, 2013 783

By Giovanni di Napoli

Giglio Sunday was a scorcher! With temperatures soaring in the nineties, the heat made the already demanding task of carrying two massive structures all the more difficult. Far from demoralizing the lifters, I don't think I've ever seen a more spirited group of men. The paranza's fortitude and devotion was most admirable.

Without a doubt, the highlight of the day was the "double lift." Symbolizing the return of Saint Paulinus from captivity and his joyous reception back in Nola (where grateful townspeople greeted him with lilies) the giglio and boat met in front of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and bounced in unison to the rollicking music. The crowd roared with delight.

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Fonte: Magna Grece

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