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Category Archives: Saint Peter’s Fiesta
Viva San Pietro!
Throngs of the faithful filled Beach Court.
Filming continued for the Saint Peter’s Fiesta documentary and despite Sunday’s cancelled events, it was a fantastic last day of Fiesta 2015, fantastic in every way!
Early afternoon was spent filming the Sunday Greasy Pole walkers for their pre-walk rally. After processing through downtown with stops along the way at the Gloucester House Restaurant, House of Mitch, and Saint Peter’s Club, the Walkers headed over to Beach Court.
Because Sunday’s events had been postponed to Monday and the stage broken down on schedule, the statue of Saint Peter was temporarily moved to Beach Court. After blessings and prayers, the revelers headed back to Saint Peter’s Square to board the ferry to the Greasy Pole.
Main Street with the Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers–the costumes were especially funny and fun this year!
I raced back to Pavilion Beach to film and photograph the walkers and seine boat race. The crowd was tremendous! A special note of thanks to Sally Elliot for holding my bag the entire time while filming/photographing as I was standing in the water to get as close as possible, and struggling with camera gear. THANK YOU SALLY for all your help, so very much appreciated!
The men’s seine boat race was simply thrilling; Lock and Load won the close race, followed by an outstanding flag capture by Jake Wagner.
Jack Wagner 2015 Sunday Greasy Pole Champion
Joe DaSilva Courtesy Round Walk (see more grease-flying-free-falling photos here)
The Walkers hoisted Jack upon their shoulders and carried him to the Greasy Pole Hall of fame wall. Then it was back to Beach Court where the closing ceremony was held. Heartfelt speeches were given by the team captains, with much cheering and accolades for all.
After the award ceremony, the statue of Saint Peter was processed through the Fort amidst much merriment, joyful singing, and the traditional call and response: “Me chi samiou tutti mutti? Viva San Pietro,” which means, roughly: Are you all mute? (or Why are you not shouting?)- long live Saint Peter!
Sunday washout and Monday sports at the beach. More photos to follow…later.
Leave it to Simon and Garfunkel to say it best….
“Slip sliding away, slip sliding away
You know the nearer your destination, the more you slip sliding away”
All race shots: http://squamcreativeservices.com/tag/saturday-seine-boat-races-2015/
Fire Department Boat: http://squamcreativeservices.com/tag/fire-department-seine-boat-races-2015/
Police Department Boat: http://squamcreativeservices.com/tag/police-department-seine-boat-races-2015/
Coast Guard Boat: http://squamcreativeservices.com/tag/coast-guard-seine-boat-races-2015/
If anyone has a relative on board the boat, they can email me for a full-resolution file: email@example.com
Joe DaSilva, winner of the 2015 Saint Peter’s Fiesta Saturday Greasy Pole. This is Joe’s second win (Friday 2011), achieving a lifetime place alongside the Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers.
Listen for Joe’s Mom, Anita. One proud Mama!
In 2011, Joe also won the gold medal for the Fall Greasy Pole Classic (a fundraiser to restore the Greasy Pole after it was destroyed by Hurricane Irene). He was the only Greasy Pole Walker that year to have won on both land and sea, and it has earned him the title “Surf and Turf.”
Congratulations to Joey DaSilva, our 2015 Saturday Greasy Pole Champion!
Truly pieces of art and iconic images in Gloucester’s history. If you haven’t had the chance to see the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria up-close you should.
Joe’s Mom, Anita Louis Stewart, writes on FB, “My son took his first flag down in 2011 on the 80th greasy pole anniversary . That year Hurricane Irene took down the greasy pole in Sept and In November they did a greasy pole fund raiser called the Fall classic down at the GHS; gold, bronze, and silver rounds. My Joseph took the gold and he was the only winner that day who had won over land and sea, dubbing him Surf and Turf. He set the Guinness world record in Cali in July 2012 for walking the greasy pole in 4.9 seconds and taking the flag down in the 2nd round. He held that record for 2 years. Today he took the flag down once again, 2nd round, and now he is a lifetime walker on Sundays. The only way to go Joseph Cole DaSilva– -Friday 2 Saturday and Saturday 2 Sunday…Keep going…” Joe Dasilva 2015 Saturday Greasy Pole Champion #GreaseGang
From the Gloucester Daily Times:
Fiesta procession canceled due to rain, wind; Greasy pole, seine boats canceled will be held on Monday at 6 pm
2015 Senior Women’s Seine Boat Crews
Sista Crew’s “Oar Dacious” & “Xtra Oar Dinary”
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Congratulations to Joey DaSilva, 2015 Saturday Greasy Pole Champion!
Joe’s Mom, Anita Louise Stewart, writes on FB, “My son took his first flag down in 2011 on the 80th greasy pole anniversary . That year Hurricane Irene took down the greasy pole in Sept and In November they did a greasy pole fund raiser called the Fall Classic down at the GHS; gold, bronze, and silver rounds. My Joseph took the gold and he was the only winner that day who had won over land and sea, dubbing him Surf and Turf. He set the Guinness world record in Cali in July 2012 for walking the greasy pole in 4.9 seconds and taking the flag down in the 2nd round. He held that record for 2 years. Today he took the flag down once again, 2nd round, and now he is a lifetime walker on Sundays. The only way to go Joseph Cole DaSilva– -Friday 2 Saturday and Saturday 2 Sunday…Keep going…”