Photos: Giglio Sunday

Williamsburg church Our Lady of Mt. Carmel hosted its annual Giglio Sunday festival this past weekend. Unlike typical street fairs, this one had an added bizarre element: Crowds of men hoist a gigantic structure made of lilies (dedicated to Saint Paulinus, who—according to legend—offered himself into slavery in North Africa in order to set free a young man from his village) and carry it through Williamsburg. Meanwhile, a boat, which is lofted in similar fashion, transports a band on its platform—and yes, the musicians perform live as they're carried. Take a look at our photos to get some idea of what this fest is like.