Section: Italian Harlem: Worship/Religious Feasts
 

Directory: New York City History

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Section: The Italian Community: Their Celebrated Religious Feasts and  Worship
   
 
 
 

 Hail Mary
A well-loved and beautiful basic Catholic Prayer To the Virgen Mary

"Hail (Mary) full of grace, the Lord is with thee,

Blessed art thou amongst women,"

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb (Jesus)

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners

now and at the hour of our death. Amen."
 

 



   
 

               

   
Sub Section Roman Catholic Churches of East Harlem and Manhattan

Article:

The Catholic churches in Manhattan Where  Italian Immigrants Worshipped     Posted 6/22/09
Web Link: Holy Rosary Parish
Web Link: St Lucy's Church
Web Link: The Shrine Church of Saint Anthony of Padua
Web Link: Saint Cecilia's Parish
Web Link: Our Lady Queen of Angels: New York Times Article
Web Link: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church (East Harlem)
 
 

 
 
 
 

 

Celebrating An Italian Heritage In East Harlem, New York Part I

Celebrating An Italian Heritage In East Harlem, New York Part II

Celebrating An Italian Heritage In East Harlem, New York Part III

 

 

 
 
 
  Honoring an Italian Tradition: The East Harlem Giglio di Sant' Antonio Feast
 
  "East Harlem, once the largest Italian community in NYC is a pleasant memory for countless former inhabitants. To renew that memory, thousands of former residents along with their children and grandchildren will be returning to renew that bond and meet up with friends in the old neighborhood for the Feast of Giglio di Sant’Antonio sponsored by the Giglio Society of East Harlem.

The Giglio Society of East Harlem is a group of men who have dedicated their lives to honor Sant’ Antonio, their beloved saint. Their love and devotion is on display each year during their Annual Festival held in East Harlem, New York. They honor their Patron Saint in very much the same fashion as their ancestry did and still do annually today in Brusciano, Italy by building a Giglio and dancing it in the streets of Manhattan, N.Y.

For those unfamiliar with the Giglio (pronounced JEEL-YO)-it is a 75 to 85 foot tall wooden structure weighing approx 8,000 lbs with a paper-mache face adorned with beloved saints and colorful flowers. On the platform just above the base of the Giglio sits a multi-piece band along with several singers. The music is an instrumental part of the dancing of the Giglio as it inspires the Lifters (also known as the ‘”Paranza” in Italian) to take on the burdening weight of the Giglio and band and dance it in harmony to the music being played.

 

   
 
The origins of the Giglio Society trace their heritage back to the town of Brusciano, Italy approximately 20 miles outside of Naples. Here an annual Feast called the Dance of the Giglio takes place yearly in honor of Sant’ Antonio. The feast originally began back in the 1880’s when Francisco Vivolo prayed to Sant’ Antonio to help cure his deathly ill child. In exchange for this cure, Francisco vowed to honor Sant’ Antonio in the same manner the town’s people of Nola, Italy, a nearby town honoring San Paolino di Nola, by constructing Gigli in honor of Sant’ Antonio and dancing them in the streets of Brusciano. Francisco’s prayers were answered and the dancing of the Gigli in Brusciano was born. It continues today where 6 Gigli are built for the Annual Festival during the latter part of August and danced on the shoulders of hundreds of men..

Around the turn of 1900’s, Italian immigrants left Italy in search of a better life for their families. Many families from the town of Brusciano, Italy migrated to East Harlem, NY to start anew with other families and friends that came before them. Although these Immigrants brought little with them on their 30-day long voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in the tight confines of the boat, what they did carry with them were their beloved traditions. For the people of Brusciano, this included the yearly Dance of the Giglio Festival in honor of Sant’Antonio.

Upon their arrival, the Italian immigrants of East 106th Street in East Harlem decided to initiate their beloved traditions by building a Giglio and dancing it in the ‘New World’. The Festival on 106th Street grew for many years becoming one of the largest street fairs in America and remained that way until 1955. Then in 1957, the Festival moved a few blocks uptown to 108th Street where the Dance of the Giglio continued until 1971 .

After a 29 year hiatus, the Dance of the Giglio returned to East Harlem in 2000 as a Cooperative Feast with the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel that resides on 115th Street between 1st and Pleasant Avenues. The Festival enjoyed several years dancing the Giglio during the Annual Feast of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel that takes place each year on July 16th, the Feast Date of the Madonna..

 

   
 

 

Giglio Feast 2010 Still Pictures

The following pages contain pictures from the Giglio Feast of Sant'Antonio which were taken by Bobby Maida

http://bobbymaidasgigliopictures.shutterfly.com/9813

http://bobbymaidasgigliopictures.shutterfly.com/9386

http://bobbymaidasgigliopictures.shutterfly.com/10352

 

   
   
                     
                                
 

2009 Giglio di Sant’ Antonio Feast in East Harlem

   This is a feast that is being prepared all year round by volunteers of the Italian community  in East Harlem, who share their time, talent, energy and great kindness. This group is blessed with an inexhaustible supply of energy, enthusiasm,  and optimism struggling to create a fun atmosphere for you, your family and friends. The sound of their joyous chatter and laughter is ear splitting as they all talk at once, working together in  disciplined harmony to bring about this event.  For more details visit my blog page: 2009 Giglio di Sant' Antonio Feast in East Harlem.
   
 

   
Special Mention: Still Pictures of the Italian Feasts of the Saints in New York City: From the NYPL Digital Gallery
Web Link: Feast of Maria S.S. Immaculato 1929
Web Link: Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel #1 1930s vendors near Jefferson Park
Web Link: Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel #2 1930 Crowd waiting in line on 115th st., between First and Pleasant Avenue, bringing candles and votive offerings to the Church. The woman shown here has a tall candle and a waxen image of a foot, to be offered in gratitude for a cure.
Web Link: Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel #3 1931
Web Link: Feast of Our lady of Mt. Carmel #4 1937 or 1939
Web Link: Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel #5 1924
Web Link: Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel #6 1935
Web Link: Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel #7 1924
Web Link: Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel #8 1925
Web Link: Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel #9 1926
Web Link: Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel #10 1930
Web Link: Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel #11 1931
Web Link: Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel #12  1934
Web Link: Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel #13 1939
Web Link: Feast of San Rocco Manhattan, Elizabeth Street 1929 #1
Web Link: Feast of San Rocco  Manhattan, Oak Street 1935 #2
Web Link: Feast of San Rocco Manhattan, Mulberry Street-Bayard Street 1937 #3
Web Link: Feast of San Rocco Manhattan, 1937 #4
Web Link: Feast of San Rocco Manhattan, 1929 #5
Web Link: Feast of San Rocco Manhattan, 1931 #6
Web Link: Feast of San Rocco Manhattan, 1931 #7
Web Link: Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua Manhattan, 106th Street-1st avenue 1924 #1
Web Link: Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua Manhattan, 106th Street-1st avenue 1929 #2
Web Link: Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua Manhattan, 106th Street-1st avenue 1930 #3
Web Link: Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua Manhattan, 106th Street-1st avenue 1930 #4


Sub Section You-tubes of the celebrated Italian Religious Feasts (in Harlem and other areas)


 

                               Giglio Feast East Harlem N.Y.C. 8/08/10

      

           Lifting the Giglio at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Feast: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

           
             
                                       Giglio Feast 108th St. Harlem 1971
            
   
                                      Giglio Feast & Lift 1991 Brooklyn Mt. St. Carmel
            
   
                     Sorrento Cheese 9th Street Italian Festival 2006 in Philadelphia
           
   
                        Nation's Largest Sicilian Festival, San Diego, May 18, 2008
            
   
                                       Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (1) 2007
            
   
                                              Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel 2 2007
            
   
                                           St. Anthony of Padua Italian Festival
           
   
                                               The 2008 Dance of the Giglio
           


Sub Section: The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel , Italian Festival St. Rocco and others
   
                        Italian Feast OLMC 09 Celebration East Harlem NY 0001
          
   
  For still pictures of this great event please visit: Our Lady of Mount Carmel of East Harlem
   
Article: Fire Mars A Festival During Italian Festival St. Rocco 1903                                                  Posted 11/22/08
Article: Little Italy's Fete Day 1900                                                                                                     Posted 11/22/08
Article: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Tid-Bits                                                                                        Posted 11/23/08
Article: Little Italy, in Holiday Garb, Observes the Festal Day 1903                                                   Posted 11/24/09
Article: Italians Celebrating Saint Roque's Day 1902                                             Posted 1/7/08
Article: Italian Feast In Brooklyn 1900   
Article: Fifth Avenue and A Church In Little Italy 1896                                           Posted 1/11/08
Web Link: A Reunion of Little Italy in East Harlem
Web Link: East Harlem Italian Feast , Giglio Feast
Web Link: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast-East Harlem: Fordham University
Web Link: Born to Giglio by Stephanie Trudeau
Web Link: Devotions to our Lady of Mount Carmel
Web Link: Miracle on 115th Street
Web Link: Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Web Link: Neighborhood Report: Harlem; Sharing a Saint: The 2 Worlds of Our Lady of Mount Carmel NYT article.
Web Link: The Feast of San Gennaro


Section Italian and Religious Festivals Throughout the State of New York
Web Link:
Web Link: Annual Feast of St. rocco in new york
Web Link: The Feast of San Gennaro New York City
Web Link: The Little Italy Niagara Italian Festival 2009
Web Link: Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows in Brooklyn
Web Link: San Silvero Shrine Dover Plains, New York
Web Link: The National Italian American Foundation: List of Italian Festivals
Web Link: Rosebank rolls out Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Staten Island

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