Congratulations again to Randy Sweet, the Saturday (and Friday) 2017 Greasy Pole Champion!Fantastic Walks Saturday Walkers, and Wonderful Costumes, too!
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Here are links to Sunday’s walk, and I will try to post Friday’s early week:
Sunday 2017 Greasy Pole
Randy Sweet Your 2017 Saturday Greasy Pole Champion
Snapshots from Fiesta opening and closing night ceremonies Viva!
Photos of our Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers walking The Walk. Congratulations again to second time winner Jake Wagner, who was walking in memory of his Dad, John Wagner. Sunday was one of the most exciting Greasy Pole events ever, with outstanding walks and legendary losses.
Lenny Taormina, the agony!
Jake Wagner Sunday Greasy Pole Champion
Hat Ladies Amy and Robyn out did themselves in wonderfully whimsical Fiesta hats in honor of Saint Peter’s Fiesta 90th anniversary celebration.
And they sure know how to throw a fabulous party and mini Saint Peter’s procession! The Saturday Greasy Pole Walkers rallied at the sisters Orchard Street home before heading over to walk the walk.
Photos from the Fiesta Ferris wheel taken Thursday evening. Click the slideshow to see larger.
Congratulations to Jake Wagner, your Sunday 2017 Greasy Pole Champion. Jake was walking in memory of his Dad, John Wagner, a long time Greasy Pole protégé.
Jake Wagner, with Mom Robin, sister Mackenzie, and brother Nick
Jake and very proud brother Nick
Steven Leblanc always keeping an eye out for, and giving advice to, the young walkers.
Giambanco sisters, Clayton sisters, and sister Stevenita
Melanie and Councilman-Greasy Pole Walker Steven Leblanc are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year ❤
Anita, you’re always so proud of your sons (and with good reason!). This one’s for you.
Joey DaSilva and Frank Pacheco
This morning I was rear-ended coming home from filming Plovers. No worries, just a touch of whiplash. I was a little shook up and didn’t ask for the name of fireman, EMT, and policeman who were there within moments of calling, but would very much like to thank them, not only for this morning’s help, but I have been thinking about them all week during Fiesta. They were present at every event throughout this past week’s fabulous fiesta, and I observed them providing assistance in myriad situations. I think we are very blessed in Gloucester to have such a dedicated and compassionate team of policemen, firemen, and emergency medical responders. A most sincere thank you for all that you do each and every day, and for all that you did to make this year’s Saint Peter’s Fiesta the wonderful success that it was.
Don’t they have the greatest badges too 🙂
RANDY SWEET – YOUR 2017 FRIDAY AND SATURDAY GREASY POLE CHAMPION!
Randy Sweet captures the flag for the second night in a row. As is the Saturday tradition, the Friday Greasy Pole winner walks first. Randy took the flag at the top of the third round. Congratulations Randy!!!
Randy’s parents Michelle and Billy, and brother Collin
According to Randy’s dad, Billy, Randy and his friends have been practicing walking the Greasy Pole since they were young kids.
Although meticulously maintained over the years, the Saint Peter statue is becoming increasingly dried out and fragile, as explained by Joe Novello, master of ceremonies at the Saint Peter’s Fiesta official opening event. Sara Favazza hopes the original Saint Peter statue will eventually be retired to the Cape Ann Museum, and perhaps live next to the Our Lady of Good Voyage statue.
Sara Favazza and the new Saint peter statue.
Congratulations to first time walker Randy Sweet, the Friday 2017 Greasy Pole Champion!
With puffy pink Maxfield Parrish-like clouds, the Greasy Pole was looking its best in last night’s twilight.
Gloucester Greasy Pole and Ten Pound Island
Caffe Sicilia, Main Street Gloucester
Despite the wonderfully fun and boisterous Fiesta crowd on Rogers Street, Main Street was quiet and peaceful. Tom and I went to dinner at Passports and it was a cinch to park. We had a lovely dinner and then walked to the carnival. No need to “escape” to other towns during Fiesta. Please support your local Main Street restaurants and businesses during Fiesta week.
Simply beautiful. Viva San Pietro!
Maria Cracchiolo outdid herself in providing not one, but two, fabulous cakes for the ninth night of the Saint Peter’s Fiesta novena. The smiles of anticipation and delicious enjoyment on everyone’s faces said it all!
In honor of the 90th anniversary of Gloucester’s Saint Peter’s Fiesta, Fay and Ralph Puopolo donated an exquisite emerald and diamond necklace. Each night at the novena, the women attending entered a ticket for a chance to win the necklace.
Novena super helpers Al Millefoglie and Michael Linquata announcing the lucky winner.
Vincie and Florence
Rosalie Orlando, Vincie Scola (wearing the necklace), and Florence Martin
Mayor Sefatia shares the following story and photos —
Sisters Serafina Ferrara, Rosalia Millitello, Caterina Ferrara, and Maria Costanzo are sharing Saint Peter’s Fiesta together. Caterina has recently returned from Italy to Gloucester after a twenty-five year absence. This is the Logrande sisters first Saint Peter’s novena and Fiesta celebrated together in twenty five years. Viva San Pietro!
Photos by Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken