Giglio Society Member 2019
Nicole Ciorciari — Ozone Park, New York
Giglio Society Member 2019
LouAnn Landrini — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2019
Thomas Landrini — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2019
Anthony Torello — Howard Beach, New York
Giglio Society Member 2019
Janet Sinicola — New York, New York
Giglio Society Member 2019
Bob Maida — Yonkers, New York
Giglio Society Member 2019
Dianne Witkowski — New York, New York
Giglio Society Member 2019
Anthony Bianco — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2019
Edith DiDomenico — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2019
Helen Witkowski — New York, New York
Giglio Society Member 2019
Thomas Liquori — Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Giglio Society Member 2019
JoAnna Aniello — New York, New York
Giglio Society Member 2019
John Zangaglia — Bronx, 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 Camille Nunziata 28 Dec '18

Passing of Camille Nunziata

Our Deepest condolences go out to the Nunziata family on the passing of Camille Nunziata, Jamesy and Joey’s Mother. She will be waked on

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Passing of Ronnie Forino 18 Dec '18

Passing of Ronnie Forino

We are so very sad to Announce the passing of Ronnie Forino, The Giglio Society Of East Harlem sends out our deepest condolences to the Fori

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