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NEW FILM: VIVA SAN PIETRO!

Salty language advisory.

Thank you to our beautiful Gloucester community for participating in Viva San Pietro! Thank you to the Greasy Pole Walkers for interviews given during the Sunday rally and especially to Nicky Avelis for help coordinating. A huge thanks to Joe DaSilva for the suggestion to listen to Mike Forgette’s music for the film’s soundtrack and for help in contacting Mike. A tremendous thank you goes to Mike Forgette for granting permission to use his song “Whats the Difference” (link to hear more of Mike Forgette Music).

Viva San Pietro! opens with Joe Novello preparing Gloucester’s Saint Peter’s Square for the formal opening ceremony, to which he is also the master of ceremonies. Highlights from Friday afternoon’s sporting events are followed by the procession of Saint Peter, the patron saint of fishermen, around the American Legion Building (Gloucester’s first City Hall), with the parade ending in a fanfare of confetti and cheers. Mayor Sefatia Romeo Thekan takes to the stage and provides some history about the origins of the Fiesta. Senator Tarr and all officials give praise to the committee for their tireless dedication. Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante and City Councilor Steven LeBlanc rally the crowd with the traditional call and response that is heard throughout the city in the coming days, and Father Jim Achadinha gives his blessing.

Saturday’s Greasy Pole competition is featured with highlights from Joe DaSilva’s winning walk. Due to foul weather, Sunday’s events take place on Monday. The Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers in their zany and colorful costumes tell of past walks and wins at the rally held at the home of Sunday Walker Joe Sanfillipo. After processing through downtown with stops along the way at the Gloucester House Restaurant, House of Mitch, and Saint Peter’s Club, the Walkers head 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.

The men’s seine boat competition does not disappoint, with Lock and Load taking the trophy, followed by an outstanding flag capture by Jake Wagner.

The Walkers hoist Jake upon their shoulders and carry him to the Greasy Pole Hall of Fame Wall. Then it’s back to Beach Court where the closing ceremony is held. Congratulatory speeches are given by the team captains, with much cheering and accolades for all. After the award ceremony, the statue of Saint Peter is processed through the Fort amidst much merriment, joyful singing, and “Me chi samiou tutti mutti? Viva San Pietro!,” which roughly translated means: Are you all mute? (or Why are you not shouting?)—long live Saint Peter!

You’ll see all three Greasy Pole winners Joe DaSilva, Lenny Taormina, and Jake Wagner, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Thekan, House Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante, State Senator Bruce Tarr, Sunday Greasy Pole Walker and City Councilor Steven LeBlanc, Peter Black Frontiero, Nicky Avelis, Joe Sanfilippo, Paul Nicastro, Kyle Barry, Mark Allen, Crazy Hat Ladies, sisters Robyn and Amy Clayton, and many, many more. Viva San Pietro!

Che Siamu Tutti Mutti- Sefatia Explains

 

For those of you who don’t know what people at the Fiesta are screaming all week long, Sefatia Exlains-

IT’S NOT REALLY GOOD IN ENGLISH CHE/ ARE   SIAMU/WE TUTTI/ALL MUTTI/MUTE

ARE WE ALL MUTE? CHE SIAMU TUTTI MUTTI

WHICH MEAN ARE YOU ALL MUTE WHY ARE YOU NOT SCREAMING VIVA SAN PIETRO..

Che siamu tutti mutti

Che=Are

Siamu=We

Tutti=All

Mutti=Mute

Meaning Are you all mute?  Why are you not screaming Viva San Pietro

Saint Peter at the 100th Anniversary of the La Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca Fiesta in the North End

Christine Militello Sova Writes-

Joe,

Thought you might like this for your blog!

Saint Peter at the  100th Anniversary of the La Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca Fiesta in the North End

300+ from Gloucester accompanied Saint Peter along with the Fiesta Committee to help Commensurate the 100th anniversary of the Saint Peter at the  100th Anniversary of the La Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca Fiesta in the North End  (Feast of the Fisherman)

Cordially ,

Christine Militello Sova ,

Proud daughter of a Gloucester Fisherman and Past Saint Peter’s Fiesta Committee member and President Salvatore Miltello and Great, Great Grand daughter of  Contadino di Acursio Dometrio  one of the founding members of the  La Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca Fiesta in the North End.

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St. Peter in the Big City

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St. Peter’s Fiesta Committee

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St. Peter at the 100th Anniversary of the La Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca Fiesta

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The founders of the La Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca Society 1910

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Johnny, Me and Frank