About Us – East Harlem Giglio Society
Giglio Society Member 2020
Mariano Benzo -Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2020
JoAnn Coppola -Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2020
Christina Rinaldi -Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2020
Sandra Franco -New York, New York
Giglio Society Member 2020
Daniel Franco -New York, New York
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Pete Giordano -Glendale, New York
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Anthony Repetti-Toms River, New Jersey
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Anthony Hogquist -Bronx, New York
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Nino Coniglio -Brooklyn, New York
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Anna Donato -Monroe, New York
Giglio Society Member 2020
Karen Messana -Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2020
Frank Bracco -Toms River, New Jersey
Giglio Society Member 2020
Joe Trapani -Sharon Springs, New York
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John Catenacci -Freehold, New Jersey
Giglio Society Member 2020
Eddie Romeo -Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2020
Nick Tamburrino -Brewster, New York
Giglio Society Member 2020
Anne Maltz -New York, New York
Giglio Society Member 2020
Nicholas Alleva -Glendale, New York
Giglio Society Member 2020
Phillip Alleva -Glendale, New York
Giglio Society Member 2020
Mitchell Farbman -Carmel, New York
Giglio Society Member 2020
Howard Edelstein -New York, New York
Giglio Society Member 2020
Louie Ferrara -Valley Cottage, New York
Giglio Society Member 2020
Carole Rizzo -Brooklyn, New York
Giglio Society Member 2020
Ronnie Altomare -New Hyde Park, New York
Giglio Society Member 2020
Nicholas Steele -Charlotte, North Carolina
Giglio Society Member 2020
Joe Rinaldi -Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2020
Victor Morales -Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2020
Tiffany Madio -Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2020
RoseAnn DiDomenico -Manorville, New York
Giglio Society Member 2020
Robert Santorelli -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

Giglio Society of East Harlem Annual Festival Update – 2020 19 Jul '20

Giglio Society of East Harlem Annual Festival Update – 2020

2020 will go down in history as the year of the Pandemic. It has affected everyone’s daily routine throughout the world in unprecedented w

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Passing of Capo Anthony Prisco 01 May '20

Passing of Capo Anthony Prisco

The East Harlem Giglio Society regrets to inform all of our members, family and friends about the passing of our beloved Capo Anthony Prisco

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