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Our twins, BJ and Amanda’s first Fiesta Sunday in 1999 with my mother Pat and her father, Joe Ciaramitaro, AKA legendary “Joe Popcorn” of Gloucester, dressed in their first Fiesta Whites!
Today BJ and Amanda will be walking in the St. Peter’s Fiesta Parade carrying my paternal Grandfathers boat oar “The Benjamin C” with dozens of other carriers honoring the legacy of the Gloucester Fishing Fleet.
I will be photographing everyone wearing Fiesta Whites along the parade route…smile for the camera!
Wishing everyone a Buona Fiesta!
Photo by Amy Powers Smith
Xtra “Oar” Dinary” Hitting Pavilion Beach
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Joe Virgilio and daughter Marissa
Years ago, there was an even balance of traditional “American Carnival foods” and “Italian Specialty Foods” sold during Fiesta in and directly abutting St. Peter’s Square. Growing up the entrance to Commercial Street was lined with vendors peddling their Italian delights of Pizza, Spinguini, and cannoli, to people as they passed by. I often dream of those days and can still smell the aromas of Italian food and I can hear the voice of the “Nut Vendor” repeating “Simenzi! Ceci! Roasted Nuts! Here!” like it were yesterday. Each Fiesta my cousins and I were sent over to the nut man to purchase Simenzi and Ceci for family member sitting in front of the bandstand/altar countless times throughout Fiesta weekend. Snacking on “Simenzi and Ceci” during Fiesta has been tradition for Sicilian Gloucester Families who gather together to listen to the Italian music during Fiesta weekend for generations! Simenzi and Ceci may no longer be sold at the Fiesta, but the tradition of eating them in front of the bandstand/altar still remains. Yesterday I stopped by Virgilio’s Bakery to stock up with enough Simenzi and Ceci to get my family through Fiesta weekend. Stop by before supplies run out and get yours!
St. Peter Day 8 Photos
Last nights rosary ended with one of my favorite novena songs Padre Pio #2… “The Godmother” had the crowd waving their hands to the beat of the music!….Rosie Verga’s statement,during the closing prayer… “That song was a treat for all of us here tonight and a perfect way to end tonight’s rosary.”
The American legion Hall was quickly cleaned and reset for tonight’s last 2014 St. Peter Novena and Ceremonial Rosary Mass after last nights Novena
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