Giglio Society Member 2017
Louis Lilio — New York, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Anthony Carotenuto — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Nicholas Laccetti — New York, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Rosario Trapani — Farmingdale, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Jack Rizzo — Brooklyn, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Megan Zangaglia — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Deborah Trapani — San Rafael, California
Giglio Society Member 2017
Joe Rinaldi — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Ettore Dagosto — Brooklyn, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Anthony Repetti — New Rochelle, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Stefano Paveglio — Goshen, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Sandra Franco — New York, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Daniel Franco — New York, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Victoria Rinaldi — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Concetta Rinaldi — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Christina Rinaldi — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Nicholas Alleva — Glendale, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Michael Trapani — Melville, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Larry Trapani — Melville, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Monica Connors — New York, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Rockell Connors — New York, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Rocco Connors — New York, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Bob Maida — Yonkers, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Thomas Liquori — Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Giglio Society Member 2017
Donna Arias — Brick, New Jersey
Giglio Society Member 2017
Louis Zangaglia — Brick, New Jersey
Giglio Society Member 2017
Richard Rossbach — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Christopher Mastroddi — Massapequa Park, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Carole Rizzo — Brooklyn, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Frank DeMonte — New York, New York

Our History

Our History

Around the turn of the 1900’s, Italian immigrants left Italy in search of a better life for their families. During this time, Southern Italy was a very desperate place holding little to no promise of a bright future for the many starving and hungry families. Many had no other choice but to pack up their belonging and take a chance on moving to the promise of the ‘New World’ – America!

Many families from the town of Brusciano, Italy migrated to East Harlem, NY to start new with other families and friends that came before them. Although these immigrants brought little with them on their 30-day long voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in the tight confines of the boat. What they did carry with them where their beloved traditions. For the people of Brusciano, this included their yearly Dance of the Giglio festival in honor of Sant’ Antonio.

It was around this time that the Italian immigrants of East 106th Street in East Harlem, decided to initiate their beloved tradition by building a Giglio and dancing it in the ‘New World’. The first Giglio Feast on 106th street in East Harlem started approximately 1908. Gioacchino Vivolo is credited for being the first Capo Paranza on 106th Street. He along with his brother Rocco Vivolo were members of the Bruscianese Society and were influential in bringing this tradition to East Harlem from Brusciano, Italy. The Festival on 106th Street grew for many years becoming one of the largest street fairs in America and remained that way until 1955. Then in 1957, the festival moved a few blocks uptown to 108th Street where the Dance of the Giglio continued until 1971.

After a 29 year hiatus, the Dance of the Giglio returned to East Harlem in 2000 as a Cooperative Feast with the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mt Carmel that resides on 115th Street between 1st Avenue and Pleasant Avenue. The Festival enjoyed several great years dancing the Giglio during the Annual Feast of the Our Lady of Mt Carmel festival that takes place each year on July 16th, the feast date of the Madonna.

For the 2006 feast, it was decided to hold the Dance of the Giglio Festival separate from the Annual Our Lady of Mt Carmel feast. The Giglio is now danced in East Harlem on the second Sunday in August.

About

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The Giglio Society of East Harlem is a devoted group of individuals who have dedicated their lives to honor Sant’ Antonio.

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Mission

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East Harlem Giglio society is a diverse religious and cultural organization of Catholics.

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COMMITTEE

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The Giglio Society of East Harlem current Board of Directors, Capo Paranza’s, Lieutenants for our Giglio Boys and Girls.

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In Memoriam

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The Giglio Society of East Harlem living legends and first Capo Paranza’s.

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Society News

Saint Anthony Dinner 18 Apr '17

Saint Anthony Dinner

Feast of St Anthony Dinner Friday June 9th at 7:30pm Fratelli's 2507 Eastchester Road Bronx, NY   Please join us in celebrating th

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Newletter Sign up! 04 Apr '17

Newletter Sign up!

The East Harlem Giglio E-mail Newsletter We are currently preparing the first of our e-mail newsletters! It will contain society news, up

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