From the fiesta of Pentecost to St. Peter’s fiesta
Novena to St. Peter
Monday, June 13 – Tuesday, June 21 2016
7:00 p.m. American Legion Hall
Gloucester Public Schools out for summer
Friday, half-day, June 17th 2016
You can see the schedule posted at Cafe Sicilia and other businesses downtown. You can see an exhibit of and order a coffee table book, St. Peter’s Fiesta Through The Years, to help preserve this tradition.
Wednesday, June 22 – Sunday, June 26 2016
Jake Wagner’s victory walk (and swim) to capture the flag on Fiesta Monday!
A peak at the carnival games, rides, and concessions, early in the morning, slowly waking up, wondering what the day has in store….
Good Morning, Fiesta.
St Peter’s Fiesta is also celebrated in the small fishing village where I was born Lajes do Pico Azores.
The tradition is a bit different; women carry baskets of sweet bread “rosquilhas”, the bread is blessed and than distributed to the people, they celebrate mass in the small chapel (San Pedo’s). The village, guests and family sit down and share a meal. The events may be different, but the bringing together of community and family is the same. Viva St Pietro / Pedro / Peter.Viva
Photos shared by my cousin João Ávila
Junior and Senior race champs “Bad Intentions” and “Wharf Rats” win on Sunday
Mark Allen gets the flag to become the champ!
For anyone who has grown up in or around Gloucester, the St. Peter’s Fiesta has clearly served as the true kick-off to summer. But, it is much more than that. The funny thing is that the importance and significance of Fiesta has probably also changed throughout each individual’s life time depending on their age. At times the religious celebrations have been of upmost importance… and later the rides. At times maybe the five day celebration was all about family… and later it was all about hanging out with friends. At times it was about hoping to get a glimpse of that certain “crush” under the ferris wheel and years later it was all about air guitar at Old Timers or trying to cut in line at The Gloucester House. Still later, possibly you’ve come full circle, and celebrating with loved ones makes the Fiesta a time to truly be treasured. At times the parade reigned supreme….and later, maybe the fireworks. For many years playing on the beach during the seine boat races was more fun than actually watching them….and later cheering for a certain crew was equivalent to the Kentucky Derby. The Greasy Pole has always been….well, the Greasy Pole. Whether you love it for the tradition or the insanity, the sport or the absurdity….whether you watch it from Pavilion Beach or by boat in the harbor…there is nothing quite like it.
I’ve been there for all of them. I have fond memories of the Fiesta that range from being a very young child, to a preteen, to a teenager, to a college student, to a bar-crawling 20 something year-old, to a “grown-up”, and now as a parent….who feels blessed to be sharing the experience with my own children. I have Fiesta memories that involve holding my grandfather’s hand as he guided me through the crowd and later memories of holding his hand as I supported him. I have Fiesta memories of holding the hand of long ago boyfriends and later Fiesta memories of holding the hand of my now husband. Maybe the best memories are the newest….as just today, I held the hands of both of my sons while jumping from ride to ride.
So, as the mother of a 5 and 7 year-old, St. Peter’s Fiesta to me so far this year has been all about the rides, the games, and the food. It is all about the color, the sounds, the smells…and the way they all seem to blur together. While I may have desired to capture other aspects of this year’s Fiesta and I would love to get that “perfect shot”…..I have found myself enjoying it through my children’s eyes.
And this is how they see it.
Oar’Dacious & Xtra”oar”dinary the winners
Jack Russ on leave from U.S. military takes the pole for Friday win.
Andrew and Marc Nicastro were at Strawberry Fest at Mile Marker One this weekend selling these killer Fiesta Caps and T Shirts printed and embroidered by Julie Lopes at www.shirtsillustratedsalem.com (Julie was also at Strawberry Fest with her husband giving out awesome aluminum water bottles with the shirts illustrated logos on them)
Anybody who’s anybody is gonna want one of their killer lids for Fiesta, check out their online store here-
Glad you liked the shirts/hats. The other day was the first time we brought them out so hearing some good comments was great for has.
We have an online store at http://st-peters-fiesta.myshopify.com and any press you’d be willing to give would be much appreciated.
Also, in about a week, I’ll have a fiesta mobile app done and if you’d be willing to talk that up as well, it would be huge for downloads!
Here are a bunch of images of the Fiesta Apparel we are selling this year. Thank you for posting this for us. Since this is our first year, we have no idea what to expect, sales wise. We really appreciate it.
If people don’t want to use the online store, they can call us directly at 978-810-0553 or email us at email@example.com
The Stage Is Being Set-
Within this trailer, the St Peter’s Fiesta Altar Is About To Become Erected Once Again To Bring On The Greatest Time Of The Year For Our Fair City.
Gloucester’s Superbowl- The Saint Peter’s Fiesta 2014 Edition- Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines
Mike Lindberg’s Classic Here (I don’t know why but I tear up every time I watch this)-
Here’s an entertaining video by Cape Ann TV’s Lisa Smith that captures all sorts of 2013 Fiesta fun with profiles of the Hat Ladies and Greasy Pole Champs, plus a special appearance by Gloucester City Councilor Sefatia Romeo Theken . ENJOY!