Religious Procession for
St. Paulinus, Brooklyn, NY, 1999
Two Sundays in July,
hundreds of residents and former residents of this
Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, come
together to celebrate
their Italian heritage in the Feast of
St. Paulinus of Nola. One-hundred-twenty men, suitably
and cooled by
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
a hefty brass band). Led by ceremonial
they lift, vibrate, and rotate
the Giglio (literally "lily") on command, moving it
forward several hundred
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.
Blaise Tobia © 2000