Religious Procession for St. Paulinus, Brooklyn, NY, 1999

Two Sundays in July, hundreds of residents and former residents of this neighborhood in
Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, come
together to celebrate their Italian heritage in the Feast of
St. Paulinus of Nola. One-hundred-twenty men, suitably anesthecized
and cooled by drinking
multiple beers, lift the Giglio, a hugely heavy contraption, on their shoulders.
(It is a 70-foot
representation of a church tower capped by the Saint, as well as a platform holding
a hefty brass band). Led by ceremonial
captains ("capos"), they lift, vibrate, and rotate
the Giglio (literally "lily") on command, moving it forward several hundred
feet
to eventually meet the "Boat" (a similar, band-carrying float).

Print versions of Giglio include a 46X34" Iris print and a 20X16" digital C-print.

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Blaise Tobia © 2000