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Kim Lombardi -Staten Island, New York
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Howard S. Edelstein -New York, New York
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Philly Giuliano -Tappan, New York
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Michael Velazquez -New York, New York
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Frank Uvenio -New York, New York
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Anthony Trotta, Jr. -New York, New York
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Anthony Trotta -New York, New York
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Anthony Torello -New York, New York
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Nick Tamburrino -New York, New York
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Anthony Rodriguez -New York, New York
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John Robustelli -New York, New York
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Anthony Repetti -New York, New York
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Justin Pulcino -New York, New York
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Frankie Pugliese III -New York, New York
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Frankie Pugliese Jr. -New York, New York
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Dean Monti -New York, New York
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Thomas Minervino -New York, New York
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Stephen Menna -New York, New York
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John Marmo -New York, New York
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Michael Koehler -New York, New York
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Henry Lervolino -New York, New York
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Louie Ferrara -New York, New York
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Gregory Esposito -New York, New York
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Paul Musky Dellicarpini -New York, New York
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John Corrado -New York, New York
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Joseph Corrado -New York, New York
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Anthony Coppola Jr. -New York, New York
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Anthony Coppola -New York, New York
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Nick Cinquemani -New York, New York
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Ralph Cerrato Sr. -New York, New York

About Us

Giglio Society

The Giglio Society of East Harlem is a devoted group of individuals who have dedicated their lives to honor Sant’ Antonio. Their love and devotion is on display each year during the Annual Italian Festival held in East Harlem, New York. They honor their Patron saint in very much the same fashion as their ancestry did and still do annually today in Brusciano by building a Giglio and dancing it in the streets of Manhattan, N.Y.

For those unfamilar with the Giglio (pronounced JEEL-YO) – it is a 75 to 85 foot tall wooden structure with a papier-mâché face adorned with beloved saints and colorful flowers. Most prominent of the flowers is the Lily, which is called a Giglio in Italian – hence the name of the structure. Giglio’s are built in honor of a town’s patron saint and carried on the shoulders of approximately 120 men in a ritual that dates back to 409AD in the town of Nola Italy. Today, Giglio feasts are found throughout a number of towns in the surrounding area of Naples Italy. Each town varies the tradition to meet the town’s tradition. In Brusciano, six Giglio’s are built in honor of Sant’ Antonio and danced during the August time frame each year.

On the platform just above the base of the Giglio sits a multi-piece band along with several singers. The music is an integral part of the dancing of the Giglio as it inspires the lifters (also known as the ‘Paranza’ in Italian) to take on the burdening weight of the Giglio and band and dance it in harmony to the music being played. The face of the Giglio is one of the crucial components of each Giglio, each made from scratch each year to the specification of the Maestro di Festa (or Master of Ceremonies) in Italy. Although the face changes yearly, one consistent fact remains and that it the town’s patron saint can be found some where on the face and most likely at the very top.

History

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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

Passing of Capo Anthony Repetti 07 Oct '21

Passing of Capo Anthony Repetti

We regret to announce the passing of East Harlem Giglio Capo Anthony Repetti Anthony was a life long Giglio Boy who was beloved by all. H

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GIGLIO SUNDAY – AUGUST 8TH 30 Jul '21

GIGLIO SUNDAY – AUGUST 8TH

Giglio Sunday August 8th 1:30 pm Come Witness Something Spectacular! The Giglio will be danced through the streets of East Harlem for all

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