Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Until Sun Jul 21 2013
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Time Out says
Wed Jun 27 2012
Saint Paulinus hailed from Nola in southern Italy, but Williamsburg’s Italian community adopted him as a native son long ago, with a 12-day festival full of prayer, music, food and pageantry in his honor. The high point is the legendary lifting of the giglio (Sun 14 at 1pm), when dozens of men march a three-ton, 80-foot papier-mâché tower through Havemeyer Street as onlookers cheer and chant the traditional “O’ Giglio e Paradiso.” Later, everyone snacks on cannoli, Italian ices and zeppole, and enjoys live music and carnival rides. Since participants must be 16 to be a paranza (lifter), a special children’s giglio with a scaled-down structure is held on July 19. Hours vary; see olmcfeast.com for schedule.