Giglio Society Member 2018
Debi Angelillo — New York, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Jennifer Comerico — New York, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Ann Marie Miguelina — New York, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Chickie Montella — Staten Island, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Dorothy Alleva — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Connie Guerriero — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Christine Miller-Madio — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Brandi Winans — New York, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Shelby Kimber — New York, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Patti Mahoney — Bonita Springs, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Nino Coniglio — Brooklyn, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Frankie Lettera — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Anthony Magistro — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Francisco Villanueva — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Nicky Barra — Fort Lee, New Jersey
Giglio Society Member 2018
Joseph Brucaliare — Monroe, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Louie Acocella — Farmingville, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Rocco DiNardo — Flushing, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Pasquale Sinapi — Pleasantview, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Michael Vazquez — Dobbs Ferry, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Joseph DiDomenico — Ozone Park, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
William Timper — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Frank Piscano — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Francis Pugliese — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Anthony Zavaglia — Larchmont, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Anthony Asaro — Howard Beach, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Michelle Castaldo — Eastchester, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Lou Antonetti — Albrightsville, Pennsylvania
Giglio Society Member 2018
Marisol Ramos — Brooklyn, New York
Giglio Society Member 2018
Brenno Van Sise — Long Island City, 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 Tony Passalacqua’s Father 15 Sep '18

Passing of Tony Passalacqua’s Father

We regret to inform you of the passing of East Harlem Capo Tony Passalacqua's father. Here are the funeral arrangements for Rosolino Pass

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Passing of Louie Ferrara’s Nephew 01 Sep '18

Passing of Louie Ferrara’s Nephew

The East Harlem Giglio Society offers our heartfelt condolences to our Giglio Brother Louie Ferrara and his family on the passing of Louie's

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