Children Carry On Italian-American Tradition By Lifting Giglio at Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

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They’ve been preparing and they’ve been praying.

“Well, I did do a couple of push-ups with friends,” said Evan Smith.

Dozens of children in Brooklyn are flexing their muscles and getting ready to lift the 400 lb. children’s Giglio at the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

“It’s gonna be really heavy” said Smith.

Seven-year-old Nicholas Notaro is picked as the leader or capo.

“I’m gonna be the capo,” Notaro said. “I’m gonna lead the Giglio.”

So with the support of their families, and a blessing from the pastor, Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello: It was time.

“Heavenly Father,” said Msgr. Jamie. “We come together tonight to lift this children’s Giglio.”

With a scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel around their necks, they put their faith into action.

Like pros and like their fathers and grandfathers before them, the children made the Giglio dance as they processed through the feast. When the work was done, the fun began!

Food and rides galore.

“Because I’m around for close to 50 years,” said Lucy Spata, “so if I’m around this long, you know it’s gotta be good!”

After 135 years, this parish perfected the recipe for a good time by bringing their faith into the streets.

“I think people should come to the feast to experience the spirit of faith,” said Msgr. Jamie.