Last chance: Visit Williamsburg's Giglio festival this weekend

It’s your last opportunity to eat braciola and see burly men lift the three-ton giglio statue at the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

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By most meteorological accounts, the skin-sizzling swelter that NYC is currently experiencing should cool to a mere simmer by Sunday. Which is definitely a good thing for the hundreds of humidity-defying men who will be lifting the three-ton giglio statue at the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. To their credit, the 90-degree heat on Sunday, July 14 didn't stop the crews from parading the statue and its accompanying boat up and down Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg. The giglio lift and parade cap the 12-day, 126th annual festival, which honors Saint Paulinus.

Make sure to grab a charcoal-roasted braciola and a bag of deep-fried zeppole to properly take in the spectacle. And if you dare venture outside before the heat breaks, you can see children lift a smaller version of the giglio on Friday, July 19 at 6pm.


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