Giglio, Italy, NYC, East Harlem, Brooklyn, tradition, Italian, Italian tradition, Nola, ritual, Giglio feast,Our Lady Mount Carmel, Florence Leyret, Capo
Giglio, Italy, NYC, East Harlem, Brooklyn, tradition, Italian, Italian tradition, Nola, ritual, Giglio feast,Our Lady Mount Carmel, Florence Leyret, Capo
The Giglio Feast, one of the most spectacular and unusual traditional Italian festivals, occurs each summer in Brooklyn and East Harlem, New York City. 

Legend tells us that Saint Paulinus, an early Christian martyr, was taken prisoner by the Turks. When finally released, he returned to Nola, Italy and was celebrated by the entire town. The festival was born. The inhabitants of Nola brought the tradition with them when they immigrated to Brooklyn in the 1880s. 

The festival’s most compelling activity is The Dance of the Giglio. The actual “dance” is the delicate task of lifting and transporting a four-ton platform through the crowded streets. The platform holds an Italian brass band, a singer and sometimes the parish priest himself. It also supports an 80-foot tower topped with a statue of St. Pauline's. One hundred and thirty lifters participate in the "dance move" of the platform. They are directed by a “Capo”, an experienced lifter who has earned his prestigious status with his commitment to his community. He is seconded by his lieutenants who help him with the delicate and arduous task of moving the Giglio  through the crowded streets. 

Hopefully these photographs communicate the spirit and sense of community of the Giglio Dance, which is more than a simple display of devotion, strength and Italian pride. For the participants and those who celebrate them, it is above all a connection to the ancestors and the celebration of lives lived, both past and present.
Giglio, Italy, NYC, East Harlem, Brooklyn, tradition, Italian, Italian tradition, Nola, ritual, Giglio feast,Our Lady Mount Carmel, Florence Leyret, Capo
Giglio, Italy, NYC, East Harlem, Brooklyn, tradition, Italian, Italian tradition, Nola, ritual, Giglio feast,Our Lady Mount Carmel, Florence Leyret, Capo
Giglio, Italy, NYC, East Harlem, Brooklyn, tradition, Italian, Italian tradition, Nola, ritual, Giglio feast,Our Lady Mount Carmel, Florence Leyret, Capo
Giglio, Italy, NYC, East Harlem, Brooklyn, tradition, Italian, Italian tradition, Nola, ritual, Giglio feast,Our Lady Mount Carmel, Florence Leyret, Capo
Giglio, Italy, NYC, East Harlem, Brooklyn, tradition, Italian, Italian tradition, Nola, ritual, Giglio feast,Our Lady Mount Carmel, Florence Leyret, Capo
Giglio, Italy, NYC, East Harlem, Brooklyn, tradition, Italian, Italian tradition, Nola, ritual, Giglio feast,Our Lady Mount Carmel, Florence Leyret, Capo
Giglio, Italy, NYC, East Harlem, Brooklyn, tradition, Italian, Italian tradition, Nola, ritual, Giglio feast,Our Lady Mount Carmel, Florence Leyret, Capo
Giglio, Italy, NYC, East Harlem, Brooklyn, tradition, Italian, Italian tradition, Nola, ritual, Giglio feast,Our Lady Mount Carmel, Florence Leyret, Capo
Giglio, Italy, NYC, East Harlem, Brooklyn, tradition, Italian, Italian tradition, Nola, ritual, Giglio feast,Our Lady Mount Carmel, Florence Leyret, Capo
Giglio, Italy, NYC, East Harlem, Brooklyn, tradition, Italian, Italian tradition, Nola, ritual, Giglio feast,Our Lady Mount Carmel, Florence Leyret, Capo
Giglio, Italy, NYC, East Harlem, Brooklyn, tradition, Italian, Italian tradition, Nola, ritual, Giglio feast,Our Lady Mount Carmel, Florence Leyret, Capo
Giglio, Italy, NYC, East Harlem, Brooklyn, tradition, Italian, Italian tradition, Nola, ritual, Giglio feast,Our Lady Mount Carmel, Florence Leyret, Capo
Giglio, Italy, NYC, East Harlem, Brooklyn, tradition, Italian, Italian tradition, Nola, ritual, Giglio feast,Our Lady Mount Carmel, Florence Leyret, Capo
Giglio, Italy, NYC, East Harlem, Brooklyn, tradition, Italian, Italian tradition, Nola, ritual, Giglio feast,Our Lady Mount Carmel, Florence Leyret, Capo
Giglio, Italy, NYC, East Harlem, Brooklyn, tradition, Italian, Italian tradition, Nola, ritual, Giglio feast,Our Lady Mount Carmel, Florence Leyret, Capo
Giglio, Italy, NYC, East Harlem, Brooklyn, tradition, Italian, Italian tradition, Nola, ritual, Giglio feast,Our Lady Mount Carmel, Florence Leyret, Capo
Giglio, Italy, NYC, East Harlem, Brooklyn, tradition, Italian, Italian tradition, Nola, ritual, Giglio feast,Our Lady Mount Carmel, Florence Leyret, Capo
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