Lifting of the Giglio: A Neighborhood Tradition of Invitation

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Hundreds of enthusiastic spectators crowded onto Havemeyer Street in front of the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Sunday, July 9, to witness a Catholic tradition that dates back to 1887 Italy: the hoisting of the seven-story Giglio.

Part of the 12-day Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in honor of the Virgin Mary, the Dancing of the Giglio featured over 100 “lifters” carrying the towering, four-ton metal monument and its platform.

The Giglio was adorned with papier-mache angels, small statues, giglio flowers, and was topped by a statue of St. Paulinus, the patron saint of Nova, Italy.