Giglio Society Member 2017
Rivolye Alex — Brooklyn, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Cary Alex — Brooklyn, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Karen Bracco — Toms River, New Jersey
Giglio Society Member 2017
Frank Bracco — Toms River, New Jersey
Giglio Society Member 2017
Ralph Cefalo — Malba, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Joseph Panobianco — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Nikki Madio — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Anne Russello — New Rochelle, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
James Martino — Mamaroneck, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
John Spampinato — Moriches, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Phillip Miuccio — Wood Ridge, New Jersey
Giglio Society Member 2017
Steven Heller — Hainesport, New Jersey
Giglio Society Member 2017
Musky DelliCarpini — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Maria Monastersky — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Joe Trapani — Sharon Springs, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Nancee Madio — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Gerard Madio — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
LouAnn Landrini — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Thomas Landrini — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Anthony Scillia — Saddle Brook, New Jersey
Giglio Society Member 2017
Vincent Patuto — Long Island City, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Ronald Forino — Carle Place, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Bernard Uhlfelder — New York, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Thomas LaRusso — Mahopac, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Valerie Marie Smith — Flanders, New Jersey
Giglio Society Member 2017
Phil Bruno — South Hempstead, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Dominick Russello — New Rochelle, New York
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

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

17 May '17

East Harlem 108th street Giglio – 1960’s – 1971

Family & Friends Video of East Harlem 108th street Giglio - mid 1960's through 1971.

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16 May '17

O’Giglio thru the Years by Phil Bruno

My Family Video of East Harlem Giglio throughout the Years of 1930's, 1940's, 1950's & 1982 East Tremont, Bronx, NY

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