Feast of Our Lady Mount Carmel and San Paolino di Nola

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Canceled For First Time Since WWII

The four-ton Giglio (Courtesy of OLMC Feast)

A local tradition like no other, the Feast of Our Lady Mount Carmel and San Paolino di Nola has officially been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The annual Italian-American celebration has taken place for the past 117 years in Williamsburg, and on Sunday, the pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel announced the cancellation in a letter posted on social media. “We await word from the City on what we may plan in the future and will revisit our options closer to the Fall,” pastor Jamie Gigantiello wrote. This marks the first OLMC Feast cancellation since WWII.

A shortage of volunteer lifters threatened the main event in 2019, but a volunteer drive successfully recruited enough people to carry the four-ton giglio.

“The cancellation of this year’s feast was a painful decision for our committee and it is certainly painful for those of our community who look forward to this tradition each year,” John Perrone, a rep for OLMC Feast said. “From a financial perspective, the feast is the main revenue source of our Parish as well. Our hope is to potentially have the ability to celebrate, on some scale, later in the year.”

Read the full letter on the OLMC Feast’s cancellation here: Continue reading

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Night Dancing of the Giglio Is Tonight, Feast Ends Sunday (7/21)

The Giglio (Courtesy of OLMC Feast)

The night dancing of the Giglio at the Feast of Our Lady Mount Carmel takes place in Williamsburg tonight at 7 p.m. The annual festival runs through July 21, and tonight the famous four-ton spire will be hoisted during a procession that involves over 300 lifters, approximately 80 are first time volunteers. If you missed the  Giglio Sunday lift, checkout the video with Giglio footage and interviews from Current News:

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 Feast of Our Lady Mount Carmel Overcomes Volunteer Shortage to Carry Four-Ton Giglio

The Giglio last year (courtesy of OLMC Feast)

The annual Italian-American celebration that has taken place for the past 116 years in Williamsburg, the Feast of Our Lady Mount Carmel and San Paolino di Nola, kicked off last night and runs through July 21st.

The most storied event during the annual celebration is the hoisting of the four-ton Giglio (taking place this Sunday) which requires over 300 volunteers to carry the decorated tower and attached stage that in the past has held a 10-piece brass band. Continue reading

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