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It’s Carnival Time: The Giglio Feast Is Back!

Last year's Giglio. All photos by Megan Penmann
The 2016 Giglio. All photos by Megan Penmann, from the 2016 OLMC Feast.

If you live anywhere near the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on North 8th and Havemeyer, then certainly you have experienced the majesty that is the Giglio Feast. It’s not just a 12-day church carnival with midway games, ferris wheel, sugary drinks and fried foods, but the fest also carries with it a strong Italian tradition.

In 2016 we wrote about the history of the Giglio tower, and here’s a snippet from that piece: Continue reading

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Haunted House, Bake Sale, Carnival Games, Face Painting: The PS 110 Fall Carnival is TODAY! (10/21)

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PS110 FALL CARNIVAL
Saturday, October 21 | 2-5pm
124 Monitor Street

The PS110 Fall Carnival is today (October 21st), and there are over 60 amazing prizes to be won this weekend and fun games to play!

Don’t miss the chance to get a 2 night stay at the Great Wolf Lodge, a $300 GAP Card, theater tickets, Gift cards to the best restaurants, bars, coffee shops and boutiques in the area, Spa products, Children’s goods, Wine, Cheese, Chocolates….you name it!

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Carnival Party Introducing The Gibraltar at T.B.D. this Saturday (9/19)!

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The Serhant Team of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing NY is proud to introduce the carnival unveiling of The Gibraltar (160 West St) at T.B.D. Brooklyn (224 Franklin St) on Saturday, September 19 from 3pm-6pm. The carnival unveiling will include a carnival bouncy house, a dunk tank, and many more of your favorite carnival games. Food will be catered by Lobster Joint and drinks will be provided by Tito’s Vodka and Brooklyn Brewery. It’s all fun and games for this debut! Continue reading

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Sunday Snaps: Carnival Celebration in (The Other) Greenpoint

@citybubu - Carnival in Greenpoint, Cape Town South Africa

The “other side of McGuinness” #OSOM sure feels like “the other Greenpoint” but there is an entirely OTHER Greenpoint on the other side of the world in Cape Town, South Africa. I spend a lot of time lurking on Instagram and wishing we had such warm days and a gorgeous mountain landscape. This weekend they are celebrating Carnival. Enjoy… Continue reading

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All About The Giglio: The Feast

Zeppole + Rocco (my dad)

The feast is starting today! And it’s not just about winning goldfish and eating zeppoles, though that is how we celebrate it in my family. The story behind the feast began in a little town outside of Naples called Nola.

(If you don’t know what a zeppole is, read about it here.)

The feast in “Italian Williamsburg” is actually two feasts in one. The “Giglio” part of the feast honors Saint Paolino of Nola, who is celebrated because he sacrificed himself to North African slave abducting pirates in order to free a young man from the hometown. Word spread of his courage and a Turkish sultan talked to a guy and Saint Paolini and his “paesani” (homeboys) were freed.

The feast culminates on July 16th to honor Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Referred to as the Blessed Mother, the devotion to the Virgin by Southern Italians often leaves you asking, “God who?”

Even though we love our Madonna in Brooklyn, that aspect of the feast was added on later. The feast was originally was all about the Giglio. Continue reading

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