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!