Giglio Society Member 2017
Vincent Luciano — New York, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Michael Vazquez — Dobbs Ferry, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Ricky Esposito — Cortland Manor, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Michael Sessa — Spring Hill, Florida
Giglio Society Member 2017
Dawn Yanni-Consolato — Patterson, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
John Catenacci — Freehold, New Jersey
Giglio Society Member 2017
Peter Leduna — Yonkers, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Brenno Van Sise — Long Island City, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Alexander Emmolo — East Rockaway, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Damion Emmolo — East Rockaway, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Peter Tiscione — Kings Park, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
John Robustelli — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Ryan "Spider" Nuzzi — Massapequa, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Mia LaCosa — Congers, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Michelle Castaldo — Eastchester, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Tony Puca — Huntington, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Matthew Farbman — Carmel, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Richard Bino — Bossier City, Louisiana
Giglio Society Member 2017
Matthew O'Bryan — Chesire, Connecticut
Giglio Society Member 2017
John Corrado — Brewster, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Louie Puca — Huntington, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Joni Cinquemani — Mammaroneck , New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Vanessa Kuchar — Oradell, New Jersey
Giglio Society Member 2017
Selena Cangialosi — Rochelle, New Jersey
Giglio Society Member 2017
Michelle Pulcino — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Cynthia Pulcino — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Caroline Molerio — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Kim Koehler — Bronx, New York
Giglio Society Member 2017
Donna Manfredi — Rochelle, New Jersey
Giglio Society Member 2017
Ava Chinelli — Astoria, New York

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  1. Most of us haven’t seen each other since last yrs events..This should be
    a good time for a get together after such a long winter.
    What better place than Little Italy in the Bronx.
    Looking forward to seeing you at the car show

  2. Great idea! We will be posting the lyrics to our official Giglio song shortly on the site.
    Thanks for your comment!
    Grazie!

  3. Would love if you could post the words to the songs on your website. I love this feast, I remember going there as a kid when I was growing up on 116th and 1st ave.

  4. Thank you GSEH for a great time at last Friday’s men’s dinner. It was fun to reminisce with the guys about the old neighborhood while enjoying a delicious meal. I appreciate all of your hard work in keeping our wonderful Giglio tradition alive.

  5. I wanted to take this time to say I loved seeing all of the older photos. To my surprise and heart filled I saw a pic of my dad Billy the Greek carrying the Gilio. It brought back beautiful and wonderful memories.So Proud to be his daughter
    Thank you…Theresa Borrelli

  6. I know some of my family is from Brusciano and I am wondering if you recognize my great grandparents names of Montenero and Monda.
    I was not able to make it to the festival this year, but I hope to be there next year!

  7. Hey guys we’re here in Bronx NY. It’s great that you’re keeping up tradition. I used to live on 116st and 2nd ave as a kid an remember the feast goin down 116st.. The best of times. Please keep it up every year it’ll grow bigger and bigger, like the” Farragotta” on Arturo ave. We have a monster turn out here in Sept. Even Mayor Bloomburg came.I look forward to goin every year to 116st. Please keep up the good work. Best of luck Angela.

  8. Sorry for the sad news from Williamsburg.
    On July 2003, visiting the Giglio Feast I met a so kind person: Mister P. Manna.
    I live in Brusciano by Naples and just last days I knew the passing of this Great Giglio Number 1 Capo.
    Remembering Phillie Manna,
    I want to send my heartfelt condolences to his family,
    and express the closeness to all the organizers and lifters of Giglio E’ Paravise.
    ANTONIO CASTALDO, journalist and sociologist, Brusciano Naples Italy.

  9. Hope everything goes well for the lifts on Sunday…I lived in Harlem on 108th Street many years ago, and when it was feast time we would enjoy every day & night! Saint Anthony is my favorite Saint. God bless all the men doing the lifts.

  10. I LEFTED 106 ST IN 1975 WITH LOCAL 59 AND 79 WITH LOUIE RUSSO FROM THE UNION IT WAS SO NICE TO DO THAT THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS

  11. I remember lifted in the early fifties on 106st between 1st and FDR and the Giglio was right in front of my grandma and grandpa candy store every body called her ” Sun Jake” I think that how you spell it. Also across the street was Ralphy Prisco”s Father’s small fish store where the old timers played BOCCI ON SUNDAYS AND THE HE MADE THEM A GREAT PASTA FISH DINNER served with his great white wine he made. The only thing I didn’t like was we had to cancel our stick ball game that Sunday, but the Feast more than made up for it. Those were the days my Friends we though thell never end,,, but they did. But at least we have every year Pleasant Avenue, where my Benjamin Franklin stood and we would have Pizza at Rao, now try to get in.
    Albert PRISCO

  12. In Loving Memory of Phillie Manna.
    The Giglio Society of East Harlem along with Giglio Societies throughout the Giglio world in America
    and Italy is greatly saddened. Phillie Manna…who was loved by all of us has passed away.
    Our deepest condlences to the Manna family.. May he rest in peace.
    B.Anastasio Funeral home
    533 Lorimer St
    BROOKLYN, NY 11211
    Phone: (718) 388-205
    viewing Monday July 21 2-5pm & 7-9pm
    Mass.11am Tuesday July 22-.
    Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church 275 North 8st Brooklyn, NY 11211

  13. My deepest condolences go out to Anna DiFalco, her children and Antonio Castaldo & familiy from Brusciano, Italy on the passing of your dear Husband, Father and Brother-In-Law Sebastiano DiFalco. May he Rest In Peace! Sant’ Antonio watch over Sebastiano.

  14. Dearest Phil and all Brothers of Giglio Society EHNY,

    Great pain has affected our family.
    My brother in law, Sebastiano Di Falco, the husband of my sister Anna is dead.
    Last Sunday we had the funeral. Now he rests in peace in the cemetery Brusciano.

    Ciao a Tutti,
    Antonio castaldo

  15. Moe…..We are really gonna miss you pal..The Giglio Feast as well as Pleasant Avenue will not be the
    same without you..Rest In Peace

  16. I was so sorry to hear of the passing of our fellow Giglio member, Moe Lentini.
    Moe always joked around with the guys and looked forward to the Giglio Feast every year.He took great pride in wearing the Giglio shirts and enjoyed all the festivities. He was always with his faithful dog, Cinnamon, and took great care of him. Moe was a truly unique character who will be sorely missed. I’m sure the entire Giglio Society as well as I extend our deepest respects to fellow member Mike Lentini and his family on the passing of Moe.
    For anyone wishing to pay their final respects to Moe viewing will be held at The Castle Hill Funeral Home @ 1522 Castle Hill Ave.,Bronx, N.Y. 10462. Tel # 718-828-9222.
    R.I.P. Moe!

  17. Sunday 11th May 2014, in Brusciano, Italy
    This morning during the presentation
    of the Flag of Giglio Gioventù
    at the opening of the traditional “Questua”
    preparing next “Festa dei Gigli”
    there was also a salute for You All
    of Giglio Society E.H. N.Y.
    and a thought to the Memory of Tony Cappola.
    A big applause was done by the People of Brusciano
    a tribute to the common Dance of Giglio
    in Honour of St. Anthony of Padua
    in Brusciano and in USA.

    Sincerely, with a fraternal embrace.
    Antonio Castaldo
    Antonio Di Palma
    Chief Angelo Mocerino
    All Brothers of Giglio Gioventù Brusciano
    The Mayor Adv. Giosy Romano
    and the whole town of Brusciano.

  18. From my Friends in Brusciano, Italy

    Dearest Friends,
    Phil, Mitch, Bob, Peter and all Giglio Society
    East Harlem – New York.

    Sunday 11th May 2014, in Brusciano,
    This morning during the presentation
    of the Flag of Giglio Gioventù
    at the opening of the traditional “Questua”
    preparing next “Festa dei Gigli”
    there was also a salute for You All
    of Giglio Society E.H. N.Y.
    and a thought to the Memory of Tony Cappola.

    A big applause was done by the People of Brusciano
    a tribute to the common Dance of Giglio
    in Honour of St. Anthony of Padua
    in Brusciano and in USA.

    Sincerely, with a fraternal embrace.
    Antonio Castaldo
    Antonio Di Palma
    Chief Angelo Mocerino
    All Brothers of Giglio Gioventù Brusciano
    The Mayor Adv. Giosy Romano
    and the whole town of Brusciano.

  19. Christina..You can purchase a shirt on any of the feast days..Thank you
    for your continued support.

  20. Tony Cappola was a true gentlemen from East Harlem who loved his beloved Sant’ Antonio and the various Giglio feast especially the Giglio feast on 106th and 108th street. He was always available to lend a hand in anything he had to do to make the feast successful whether it was building, constructing faces, writing and composing music, commanding the Giglio etc. Although he was much younger Tony was a good friend with my grandfather Gioacchino Vivolo the 1st capo Paranza of the Bruscianese Society of 106th street along with many other Paisan’s who were involved with the feast and lived in East Harlem. Those old timers lived for the day the feast would return every year! He was well respected by one and all because he who Give’s respect Get’s respect. I’ve known Uncle Tony all my life. He was close friends with my family. I can honestly say that he was a role model to me. The Giglio community has lost another legend. R.I.P. Uncle Tony!

  21. When, I read the sad news on the facebook news feed, I prayed That God would comfort my extended family, and all those in my Father’s East Harlem, who knew and loved Tony! Michael Prisco (Uncle Mike’s Son)

  22. Even though he was my uncle Tony, he was everybody’s uncle Tony, he truly loved each and every one of us, and was so proud of how we keep the giglio tradition alive, he would always tell me do it as long as you can. He would tell me everybody has to get along for this to be successful, help each other, that was uncle Tony always positive about the feast. The countless hours I spent with him over my lifetime I will never forget. He was a true gentleman, a war hero, a great father, great husband, he taught me much about how to treat people with respect, Respect that was a big word to uncle Tony, he gave it and he received it. Thank you all my Giglio brothers, my family for keeping uncle Tony in your heart always.

  23. Uncle Tony was a class act. All The Giglio Societies were blessed to have known him. He was always willing to share his knowledge/experiences of the Giglio for over seven decades. Master Builder, Giglio Composer of Songs, and #1 Capo he will long be remembered and honored as one of our lasting treasures. He always had a smile and made time for everyone. R.I.P. Tony. You were the Best!!

  24. I am so proud and honored to be a Giglio girl. Love seeing my old friends that I grew up with and each year meeting new ones.
    Thx for the memories!
    Love you guys that make this possible♡♡

  25. My grandfather did the lift for 50 years… Sal ‘goo-goo Guarino’ I would love to know if there is somewhere that I can purchase a shirt or anything for that matter, to wear the day of the lift and be there in spirit to memorialize him, as I live in FL and have not been to the feast since I was a child nor am I able to attend this year.

  26. Much thanks to our Giglio Brothers… Thomas Liquori & Jack Rizzo for their technical expertise and guidance…without..this great site would not be possible..Our months of hard work paid off..Guys you are the best..Much thanks and appreciation for all you’ve done.

  27. Just got this from our friends in Italy:
    Dearest Phil and all Brothers of Giglio Society EHNY, Sorry for the people who died in East Harlem, We are close to you, Remembering the story of the First Little Italy in New York and all the family Italian-American grew up there.
    Close to you all, In Loving Memory.
    Antonio Castaldo, Antonio Di Palma, Angelo Mocerino, Giglio Society Gioventù and All Brusciano.

  28. Just found this…
    Dearest Phil and Family,

    Our friendship is blessed with another Holy Christmas.
    At times like this every Christian Family commemorates the birth of Jesus

    who brought love and brotherhood in the world.

    With this same feelings I wish you and your loved family and friends

    a Merry Christmas.

    The same for All members Giglio Society of East Harlem N. Y.

    A special regards to Mitch, Bob and Peter.

    I’m sending Greetings and Best Wishes, in the name of Giglio Gioventù too,

    waiting for your next arriving in Brusciano, Chief Angelo Mocerino, founder Antonio Di Palma and all yellow-green family.

    Phil, please, tell us when, wich days, you’ll be here in Italy.

    Ciao Phil and Family.

    From me and my all Family

    Hugs and Kisses

    Antonio Castaldo

  29. I would like to take this opportunity to say how proud I was yesterday marching with all the members and friends of the GSEH and Sons of San Paolino on 5th Ave. for the annual Columbus Day Parade. Saint Anthony and San Paolino were greeted by various levels of clergy in front of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral as they both bowed to show their respect.
    In addition, Jimmy Alleva, demonstrated his great talent on the Red Carpet and as always, made us all very proud singing the Giglio song . Bobby Maida-great pictures! Last, but certainly not least, I know we all wish to thank Larrry Auriana for always being there for the Society. He is a true gentleman and always has the Giglio in his heart. For those that were not present I cannot explain what a wonderful event you missed. Seeing it on TV just isn’t the same. You had to be there to really feel it. Please try to attend next year and support both societies. All The Best!!

  30. I grew up in East Harlem. Larry Auriano was my best friend
    I had the honor of riding the Giglio-life long memory
    Congrats to Larry-great memories!

  31. Dear Nicholas,
    Caro Figlio,
    Mommy and Daddy are so proud of the way that you embrace your culture and heritage.
    Tu vuo fa litaliano ….
    Love You Too Much

  32. As an former resident of East Harlem I want to thank all the guys and girls of East Harlem’s Giglio di Sant’ Antonio Feast for keeping the italian tradition of this beautiful feast alive. Harlem will always be an italian neighborhood with deep rooted traditions and people who will never forget this great neighborhood – there will never be another neighborhood like it.

  33. In English:

    BRUSCIANO – This year the “Giglio Society of East Harlem”, is preparing its festivity with the previewed “Dance hall of Saint Anthony’ s Giglio” of 11 August 2013 with one great surprise and a strong emotional impact for the italoamericani descendants with bruscianesi roots: the garment of the Giglio directly comes from Brusciano thanks to the production and fraterna the availability of the Giglio Association of the Youth guided from the capoparanza Angelo Mocerino and collaborated from the founding associate Antonio Di Palma, communal Councilman reconfirmed in the recent administrative elections between the members of the majority with the mayor lawyer Giuseppe Romano.

    Danced of the Giglio di Sant’ Antonio di East Harlem will come carried out Sunday 11 August 2013, this year with one emotion in more, above all for the third and quarter generation of italoamericani with bruscianesi roots. From Brusciano, the Giglio Association of the Youth and all those that have participated to the development of the international contacts and to the strengthening of this cultural exchange that is as soon as begun the best auguries for the resolution of the Festivity of the Giglio di Sant are expressed’ Antonio in East Harlem to New York where 105 years ago on the “106th Street in East Harlem”, in the heart of the first Little Italy in America, Gioacchino Vivolo first historical head paranza of the new continent with the Rocco brother, pertaining to the “Bruscianese Society”, placed the seed of this tradition that, from then, renews its every bud year in the shape of obelisco of wood in honor of Sant’ Antonio of Padova. Good Festivity to the Giglio Society of East Harlem in New York “Getting up the shoulders”

  34. Very Proud of my Brusciano Roots!

    BRUSCIANO – Quest’anno la “Giglio Society of East Harlem”, sta preparando la sua festa con la prevista “Dancing of Saint Anthony’s Giglio” dell’11 agosto 2013 con una grande sorpresa ed un forte impatto emotivo per i discendenti italoamericani con radici bruscianesi: la veste del Giglio proviene direttamente da Brusciano grazie alla produzione ed alla fraterna disponibilità dell’Associazione Giglio della Gioventù guidata dal capoparanza Angelo Mocerino e collaborato dal socio fondatore Antonio Di Palma, Consigliere comunale riconfermato nelle recenti elezioni amministrative fra i componenti della maggioranza con il sindaco avvocato Giuseppe Romano.

    La Ballata del Giglio di Sant’Antonio di East Harlem verrà effettuata domenica 11 agosto 2013, quest’anno con una emozione in più, soprattutto per la terza e quarta generazione di italoamericani con radici bruscianesi. Da Brusciano, l’Associazione Giglio della Gioventù e tutti quelli che hanno partecipato allo sviluppo dei contatti internazionali ed al rafforzamento di questo scambio culturale che è appena iniziato si esprimono i migliori auguri per la riuscita della Festa del Giglio di Sant’Antonio in East Harlem a New York dove 105 anni fa sulla “106th Street in East Harlem”, nel cuore della prima Little Italy in America, Gioacchino Vivolo primo storico capo paranza del nuovo continente con il fratello Rocco, appartenenti alla “Bruscianese Society”, posero il seme di questa tradizione che, da allora, rinnova il suo germoglio ogni anno nella forma dell’obelisco di legno in onore di Sant’Antonio di Padova. Buona Festa alla Giglio Society of East Harlem in New York “Getting up the shoulders”.

    BRUSCIANO – This year the “Giglio Society of East Harlem”, is preparing its festivity with the previewed “Dance hall of Saint Anthony’ s Giglio” of 11 August 2013 with one great surprise and a strong emotional impact for the italoamericani descendants with bruscianesi roots: the garment of the Giglio directly comes from Brusciano thanks to the production and fraterna the availability of the Giglio Association of the Youth guided from the capoparanza Angelo Mocerino and collaborated from the founding associate Antonio Di Palma, communal Councilman reconfirmed in the recent administrative elections between the members of the majority with the mayor lawyer Giuseppe Romano.

    Danced of the Giglio di Sant’ Antonio di East Harlem will come carried out Sunday 11 August 2013, this year with one emotion in more, above all for the third and quarter generation of italoamericani with bruscianesi roots. From Brusciano, the Giglio Association of the Youth and all those that have participated to the development of the international contacts and to the strengthening of this cultural exchange that is as soon as begun the best auguries for the resolution of the Festivity of the Giglio di Sant are expressed’ Antonio in East Harlem to New York where 105 years ago on the “106th Street in East Harlem”, in

  35. It is with great sadness I must inform our Society of the passing of Joseph J. Bombace Jr. Joseph was a great member of our Society who also devoted much of his time to sick children in hospitals, helped coordinate the Columbus Day Parade on 5th Ave. and was always eager to assist those in need. He will be sorely missed. He could be found each and every year lifting the back of the Giglio. He was a true gentleman and a class act.

    Joseph will be waked -3/26 & 3/27-Tuesday and Wednesday @ The Westchester Funeral Home. You may contact the Funeral Home for directions @ 914-337-4585. You can also view photo’s of Joe and leave a message in his memory on the Funeral Home website. Joe- May you rest in peace!

  36. Dearest Friends,
    Miriam, Phil, Bob, Peter and all Members of Giglio Society EHNY,
    In the sad anniversary of the international terrorist attacks of September 11th,
    I express reverent remembrance for the victims
    and the closeness to you,dearest friends,
    to the American people,
    to public institutions
    to the Government and President Obama.

    IN LOVING MEMORY
    Antonio Castaldo

  37. Giuseppe,
    The friendship and hospitality shown us during our visit was well beyond our wildest dreams.YOu people are all so wonderful. We have formed a great bond and hope to visit again and again.
    Photos of our trip can be seen on my FaceBook page..Bob Maida and also on my photo site
    http://bobbymaidasgigliopictures.shutterfly.com/

    Viva Gioventu
    Viva Bruscianese

  38. Thank you for having honored us with your presence at the party last Sunday of Brusciano. I am a porter of Gioventù and already know your community … but did you know that thousands of miles to wish Happy Mother was exciting.
    I hope someday to be able to attend your party … hoping to spend some of my friends shoulder emigrated to America. See you … surely!

  39. Just a special thanks to our entire crew, great job, great feast. Giglio Girls ,you are the best.

  40. I would like to take a moment out and thank the East Harlem Giglio Society for your kind gesture and amazing opportunity during your annual Giglio di Sant’ Antonio Feast on Sunday August 12th, 2012. It was truly an honor for me and it will never be forgotten. I am sincerely grateful for your kindness.

  41. Genie Boy…Thanks for all your support..You’re the best!!
    See you on the 12..If you can..try to also make the member barbeque on the 4th at 1PM

  42. Hi everyone,hope to see you all 8/12 life day,even if you don,t know me,stop & say hello,i always have room for new friends,esp.from E.H.

  43. Mark,
    Raffle tickets for dinner for 4 at Raos..will be available at the Feast everyday.

  44. look forward to the feast will be my first year to attend . also want to buy abook of rafle tickets

  45. Hi Linda,
    Yes..East Harlem will be dancing the Giglio as always.
    Lift day is August 12 1pm between East 114 and East 115 Streets on Pleasant Avenue…RAIN or SHINE.. Also not to forget Sons of San Paolino Giglio in Franklin Square, Long Island JUne 27th to July 1st..for info go to
    http://www.sanpaolino.org

  46. This year the Giglio returned 2 Belmont in the Bx but I wasn’t informed until after it was over yesterday. I’m extremely upset cause I have not missed a lift in my life but 1 many yrs ago due 2 an injury…my heart is actually very heavy cause I am a Bx resident n woulda been there with bells on yesterday !! Regardlesswhat is done is done now about the Bx Giglio….I will be attending the Bklyn Giglio in July so I’m clear on that 1….what I’m asking whomever knows 4 sure please reply back 2 me on here or via my email 2 let me be properly informed if there is still an EH Giglio in August ???? Please, this is very important 2 me & would gladly appreciate it…thank u 🙂

  47. It is with a very heavy heart that I must inform everyone of the sudden passing of Joseph Dellicurti-( Vic’s brother). I have known Joseph since we were children together. My heart goes out to his entire family. As i receive information regarding funeral arrangements I will post them on the site. Let’s all keep the Dellicurti family in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you Joe and R.I.P.

  48. God bless all of the people who carry on the tradition of the Giglio.
    I am 74 years of age and feel blessed when I can get to the feast.

  49. Bob Maida

    An update regarding Giglio Society of East Harlem members, family and friends participating in the Columbus Day Parade…We will assemble at 10:30am on 44st between 5th and 6th aves. Our parade group is #40 which means we will be the 40th group in in line to march. Our group captain is Joseph Bombace. Come early please.
    We have been asked to appear on the Red Carpet along with Jimmy Alleva who
    will be singing favorite songs accompanied by Danny Vecchiano and the Giglio Band. In addition a 60 second PSA commercial will air on TV regarding the history of our Giglio. Seeing as we will be on national TV(WABC..Channel 7)..Let’s look good..(no shorts)..wear nice slacks…Questions? Call me at 914 787 0692 0r email me Bob631@aol.com
    Looking forward to a great day for U’Giglio.
    P.S. Contact friends and relatives and ask then to join us for a great turnout.

  50. To all the Giglio Feast members,
    congratulations for your awesome sense of tradition and the beautiful event you organize.
    As president of the Agenzia Italia America, and as italian citizen I am very glad to notice that today, after years and years, in your hearts and in your minds still stands love and respect for the italian roots.
    Whenever you decide to go to Brusciano, Italy, don’t esitate to contact me for every kind of support you need.
    Best regards and ciao to everybody.
    Carmine America

  51. We had such a fantastic time even in the pouring rain. What a great tradition and very moving.

  52. What else can you say… ” East Harlem Does It Again ” it just goes to show you…nothing can stop us. Thanks to all the dedicated Friends & Lifters who participated in Sundays ” Dancing Of The Giglio ” it will be a memory that will live in our hearts forever.

  53. I cannot wait to go back to East Harlem to the Giglio. My son is lifting this year!!!!

  54. Antonio..We thank you very much for all you have done to help unite us with our Giglio brothers in Brusciano…the town where the Festa of the Giglio di Sant’ Antonio originated. In addition our thanks to your Society for sending Phil Bruno the mementos of your wonderful Festa..Viewed some of the video..What a great event you have ! Yes..we are planning to take a trip to Brusciano next August and look forward to participating
    in the Festa. We will be in touch with you before Spring 2012 and will discuss dates, hotels, etc.
    We will now be into the 2nd day of our Festa and it’s going quite well..Please thank for us..all who sent the nice letter regarding our Festa this year
    Sta’ te buon..Buona Festa

  55. TO ALL OF YOU A BROTHERLY HUG.

    To all Italian Americans on the Feast of St. Anthony Giglio is Padua in East Harlem, to all the Friends, the Organizers of the Lifters, Capos and, the families descendants of Brusciano
    I wish You All Happy Feast
    Let’s continue the proud tradition of Giglio Feast in America.
    I remember my first time in USA and in Giglio Feast in 2003.
    There I met, glad and proud, Granato family, Luigi Russo and other friends while they were dancing Saint Anthony’ Giglio in the 115^ Street

    And now I’d like to make a special greeting to Phil Bruno and Bob Maida who I met, on the Web, during my social research 2 years ago.

    Ciao Amici I hope we can meet some day, may be in the Festa dei Gigli di Brusciano.

    Ciao A tutti Buona Festa

    Antonio Castaldo
    Brusciano, Italy.

  56. Hi! I just saw the posting for the journal ads, June 30th last day? If you are still taking ads, I would love to put in a personal one for the families (Alvino & Maioriello). Thanks!

  57. I forgot to ask if the women will be lifting this year too?
    Thanks and see you there!

  58. Hi All: Will the feast be open during the day on Saturday or only Saturday evening? Also, do you know what the colors will be this year?
    Thanks – Coming from California and looking forward to it!

  59. wow, Sons of San Paolino di Nola had some turn out this year for the dancing of the giglio i am so glad to see men from everywhere come to lift & stick together to keep the giglio alive & well i hope the same happens with us in harlem P.S. GET WELL SOON JIMMY OLIVER
    OUR SINGER

  60. I would like 2 wish all of the father’s a wonderful n happy father’s day. spendin father’s day in heaven: daddy, cuz jerry”meatballs” n cuz joey “vac”…r.i.p guyz, luv n miss u

  61. have not been their since 2001 but looking forward for 2011..! my brother did the lift many yrs ago>>>! ciao bella’s & bello’s

  62. Does anyone know someone still living in East Harlem that may be willing to give a few hour tour and explain the old neighborhood. Italian and English speaker a plus. Im willing to pay. My grandfather and his brothers grew up on E 117th St.

  63. Haven’t been to this feast for many years. My grandparents lived on E. 110th St. My uncle had a Boy Scout Camp for troop 690 in St Ann’s Church many years ago. Have a great feast again this year !!!

  64. Deborah-Aunt Fannie and uncle Enrico were my great aunt and uncle. My cousins Rosario and Joey Trapani are their sons. Fannie’s brother Louie Carbonetti was my grandfather who lived in that same building. It’s a small world. We are still working on the colors for this years shirts. Please stop by and say hello this year. All the Best-Dom

  65. Hi Deborah,
    Giglio T-Shirts can be purchased right from the stand on Pleasant Ave all during the feast which runs from August 11th thru Sunday August 14th . The 14th being the actual day of the lift at 1 PM.
    Just in passing, I have two cousins who are Trapani’s from 323 East 108th street. Any relation? Regards-Dom

  66. Do I understand correctly that we can buy Giglio T-shirts? I am coming this year from San Francisco by way of Boston. I would love to have at least two t-shirts. How do I purchase them?

  67. Hi Dom,
    Maybe, My Aunt Fannie and Uncle Enrico lived on 108th. My whole family was originally from 108th. What’s their name(s)?

  68. Hi Linda,

    You can send all journal ad requests to:
    Giglio Society of East Harlem
    P.O. Box 1025- Throgs Neck Station
    Bronx, N.Y. 10465
    The deadline is May 31st.
    Prices:
    Full Gold Page $200
    Full Page Color $200
    Full Page B & W $150
    Half Page B & W $50
    Make Checks payable to :
    Giglio Society of East Harlem

  69. Is it still possible to pay for an ad in this years Gigilo journal? If so how do I go about doing so?

  70. thx for your reply Bobby so it’s safe to say this years shirts in East Harlem will still read “East Harlem Giglio Boys/Girls? right. I’ve purchased them for the last 5 yrs or so and it excites me to be able to do so and where it proudly!! In my eyes it’s the one thing EH has to show where it began for many. Ciao.

  71. Linda..Not true..We exist
    and will be having our Feast
    in East Harlem August 11 to August 14, 2011.
    Regarding Sons of SanPaolino..Since their inception many of us have been members and likewise
    they with our organization.
    We both actively participate in and support the Giglio Feasts in both East Harlem and Long Island.

  72. Ciao did I hear correctly that no more East Harlem Gigiio Boys???? Now they too are Sons of San Paulino?? Not good and if that’s the case then give it up all together because you’re losing the tradition altogether and its a shame.

    AIEH!!!!

  73. It is with great sadness I must inform everyone that our good friend Guy Velella has passed. Guy and his family were born and raised in East Harlem. He was State Senator here in the Bronx for many years. He was also very supportive of The Giglio Society of East Harlem. He will be waked Saturday and Sunday at the Giordano Funeral Home on Crosby Ave. in the Bronx. RIP Guy and we thank you for your friendship and support.

  74. Hi Lois,
    The dates for the 2011 Feast are Thursday August 11th thru Sunday August 14th
    with the 14th being the day of the lift. The website will
    be soon updated with more details.
    Spokane, Washington ??
    I think you hold the record for the states.
    Sta’ te buon

  75. I come in every year from Spokane, Wa. for the feast.
    Do you have a date for this year yet, so I can start making arrangements. Thanks for your help

  76. Great finding this website – so many of the posts have familiar names. I went to St. Lucy’s and graduated in ’62. Lived on 105th St. and my whole family grew up there. We went to the feast every year until we moved. Would like to visit in 2011.

  77. I would like to send a letter to my cousin, Tuddy Ferrara’s son. Does anyone have his address in New Jersey?
    thank you!
    Linda

  78. Dear Friends- Last Sunday morning, Jimmy Alleva sang and was interviewed on the John La Barca radio show, ” The Italian House Party”. I found out too late to tune in but I heard he was fantastic. He spoke of the East Harlem Giglio Feast and he gave us quite a plug. Also on the show was Tony Sal and they played a song he recorded in 1958. Jimmy’s Dad, Nicky, also called in and was interviewed. Jimmy and Sal really spread the word regarding our Society.

    More Great News- Jimmy was so well received he was asked to come back again this Sunday and sing on La Barca’s program. The radio station is based out of Conn. It can be dialed in on 1400 or 1350 AM depending on your reception. It airs from 9AM-12. The phone # to call in and show your support is 203-845-3044 and the shows wessite is http://www.wstc.wnlk.com. Let’s support our guy and East Harlem’s great Giglio singer by tuning in. Knock ’em dead Jimmy!!!

  79. I want to thank my friends, for thinking of all the members and friends of the Giglio Society and deciding to go foward and staying where we belong,” East Harlem “. There is no greater gift then friendship and it was proven last night, at “Italian Night For Men” I also would like to thank Johnny Z, Vic, Dom, Musky, Frankie and Frankie Jr …for giving me the honor of being a “Capo”. I also would like to congratulate all the new Capo’s and Lieutenants. Again, Thank You…I love you guys

  80. To all our friends/family lucky enough to catch our very own Jimmy Alleva sing this past Monday on the red carpet for the Columbus Day Parade on 5th Ave.let me just say he was fantastic!! Jimmy sang a very upbeat rendition of ” Al Di La” to the delight of the crowd and let me say he made us proud. Great job Jimmy!!!!

  81. So happy to hear the feast will continue in 2011 and hopefully many years to come. The last 2 years have been hard since the passing of my Uncle Wee Gee making it harder to return the neighborhood. Then, the news of the feast not happening anymore in E H literally broke out hearts. It was our 1 remaining reason to come back at least for a day. Mille Grazie to those who helped to keep it going. Now we all need to do our part to make it happen even if just a small contribution. Can’t wait for 2011! We are are a dying breed so we need to do this. Bring back the memory of ITALIAN HARLEM,- THE ORIGINAL LITTLE ITALY!! Miss you Uncle Weeg!!!

  82. I AM VERY HAPPY THAT THE FEAST WILL BE HERE IN YEARS TO COME .IT HAS BEEN PART OF MY LIFE ,YOU MIGHT SAY ALL MY LIFE. WORDS CAN NOT SAY THE FEELING I GET WHEN I HEAR THE MUSIC . ANTHONY

  83. JUST RECEIVED THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE 2011 FEAST AND WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT WE ARE GLAD AND APPRECIATIVE THAT THE GIGLIO SOCIETY WILL CONTINUE

  84. East Harlem Giglio Family and Friends ..Due to an overwhelming response..the Feast is on and will be held next Summer.. Hopefully this has been a wake up call and we will get the needed support. Much support is needed from members and friends regarding attendance at our functions, timely payment of dues, recruitment of new members, dance journal, and last but not least volunteerism in building and taking down of the Giglio and doing what you can to see the Feast runs without
    a hitch along with anything else that can be done. For without participation and cooperation..there cannot be a feast. So hopefully everyone will walk the talk and the Feast will continue for many years beyond next year.Want to be part of the team? Feast comments, input or suggestions are welcome and should be sent to info@eastharlemgiglio.org Not to forget..give a thanks to St Anthony for I am sure he had a part in all this. Sta’ te buon.

  85. to all the giglio boys,
    myself and many others
    are very saddened over
    the news of no more
    feast.
    we never realized the fact
    that so much much help was needed . right now
    many of us are willing to
    do much more to keep the
    time honored tradition alive. we ask the board to
    please reconsider their decision.
    respectfully
    marco pezzano

  86. WE ARE GOING TO MISS THAT TIME OF YEAR WHERE WE ALL LOOKED FORWARD TO GATHERING WITH FRIENDS CELEBRATING OUR HERITAGE AT THE ANNUAL GIGLIO FEAST. THANKYOU GIGLIO SOCIETY FOR ALL THE FANTASTIC FEASTS OF THE PAST.

  87. Tommy..Truely you were one
    of the best and a friend to all.
    Never a bad word about anyone. You took good care of St Anthony and now it’s time for him to take care of you..Rest in peace my good friend.

  88. I want to wish the Russo family our deepest condolences,from the Prisco family,I grew up with Tommy at the feast 108st. Along with Tommy Granata we would ride the giglio together.Tommy, you really were one the best. Im sure your up there with ST.Anthony and your father, and all the rest of the giglio boys. We love you, and will always miss you. Anthony

  89. It is with great sadness that I must inform everyone that our dear friend Tommy Russo passed away last night. He fought many ailments for a long time. I spoke wth Tommy Friday for about one hour and as always he shared many thoughts and inner feelings with me. I will always hold a special place in my heart for Tommy as I do for his Dad, Louie. He loved his family, friends, and St.Anthony more than anything. Thank you Tommy for being a good friend for many years. Now you can be with your Dad. The world seems a little emptier today but rest asure you always have a place in our hearts forever. Your cump-Dom

  90. this was my 2 feast and what great memories from 106st in front of “Son Jakes”candy store and to meet ralphie prisco’s daughters(no relations)who was older than me by a great guy,great feast

  91. Hello All:
    I am planning a year in advance to attend the Giglio in our old hood! Does anyone know what the dates will be for next year? I want to put in for my vacation!

  92. It was great being at the feast again and seeing so many wonderful dedicated and familiar faces. Congratulations to all whose hard work went into making such an amazing feast. The singers and band was outstanding, although the style of the Giglio was not my favorite, thanks to all who lifted. Grazie

  93. Congrats on another beautiful feast. I had a great time. The Giglio looked amazing and everything was done with an amazing touch of class and style. All of the lifts this year were done so nicely and Danny and the boys played great. Can’t wait until next year. – God Bless!

  94. I was there yesterday, the 8th with family members and I was in awe. There is a big difference between writing about the feast, and actually participating in it. It brought back such strong memories, from my childhood. It felt good to be back in the old neighborhood. I felt honored to be among such wonderful people whose passion for their culture and religious faith was expressed with so much love and enthusiasm . To Bobby Maida, the Giglio Society , the band players, the singers, the lifters, and the laborers who put the giglio together I applaud you all for an extraordinary and unforgettable feast, “The Giglio Di Sant’Antonio of East Harlem”..

  95. first i want 2 say hi 2 cousin marie taddeo & the rest of my family. i was so happy 2day. my girls did the lift 4 the first time ever. the little one was holdin on like she didn’t need noone’s help & the oldest did a direct with the help of my fave cuzo meatballs….it was a blast !
    they’re comin for round 2 next year…lol 🙂

  96. had an amazing weekend. my girls did their 1st lift & 1 of my girls directed. it was great. my luv always 2 my cuz anthony meatballs.
    luv my giglio family…c u guys next yr

  97. my 2 year old son wont take his giglio shirt off or get his hands out of the fishbowl ! thanks chucks live fish
    thanks giglio society we had a blast
    love nicholas future lifter and family
    we love u annie

  98. great news….ahead of time i checked the forecast….this weekend will be in the high 80’s. let’s enjoy the beautiful weather for a beautiful feast.
    luv 2 all

  99. Auguri di Buona Festa del Giglio di Sant’Antonio di Padova.
    Un abbraccio fraterno a tutti quanti ad East Harlem, alla Giglio Society ed a tutti gli italoamericani.
    Saluti da Brusciano.
    Antonio Castaldo

  100. can’t wait 4 this weekend…my family has been lifting 4 years & now my girls will do their first lift sat. i miss my cuz marie taddeo, wish u were here this year. my luv 2 my cuz anthony meatballs & 2 susan basile….can’t wait 2 c u guys.
    r.i.p 2 jerry meatballs wish u were here…my luv & respect

  101. I would like my nine year old to lift on Saturday night, just like i used to in Cliffside Park in the 80’s. Can anyone tell me if I should just show up or do i have to sign up?

  102. frankie i’m so happy that you and the guys are doing the right thing for year in keeping us together as one. i’m sorry i can’t not make it for the past three years due to my fractured ankle, sometimes i feel bad that i can’t participate with guys any more. meaning i can’t left. so the fun is over for me, any way you guys are my family and love you all. god bless!

  103. you guys are the greatest – I’m telling everyone I know about the East Harlem giglio feast – so many Manhattan Italians don’t know!

  104. Ps – I forgot to ask how you become a Giglio Girl. We didn’t have Giglio Girls when I was around!

  105. Hello All:
    I have not been to the Feast since I was 17 back in 1971! I have read all the posts and have so many memories of friends and family. You have all touched me deeply and I realize how much I miss everyone – the Feast was only the one thing that brought us all together each year. I miss the food and the fun and everyone! I hope to make it next year but this year I am too busy at work. I was able to connect with Marie Taddeo because of this site. I wish others like Rosie and her sisters Connie, Annie or Marie would post here too. Again, thanks for the memories and all the photos. I do view them often!

  106. Hello to East Harlem, have not been back in years. Born and raised on 104th st just off of 2nd ave. Hope to be there in Aug.

  107. can anyone tell me how i can find michael sessas giglio on youtube i cant find it anymore

  108. THANKS MARIE TADDEO FOR MAKING ME SMILE WHEN YOU REMEMBERED OLD DAYS OF EH. I TOO ALWAYS THINK ABOUT THOSE GOOD OLD DAYS.-THEY WERE NOT PERFECT BUT THEY WERE STILL GREAT=-PS. MY MOMS SAYS HOW IS YOUR SISTER CLARA- I((I HOPE I GOT NAME RIGFHT)WELL BYE FOR NOW-IT WAS GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU-GOD BLESS LUV SUSAN

  109. Giovanni,
    The date of the lift is
    Sunday August 8th
    Schedule of events for that day is:

    Sunday August 8, 2010: 12:30 PM: Paranza Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Shrine Church.
    East 115 st between 1st
    and Pleasant aves in NYC

    2:00 PM First Lift and Dancing of the Giglio di Sant’ Antonio. Continuous lifts until dark…On Pleasant Avenue
    between 114th and 115 st
    Send me your email address
    for more info.
    Thanks,
    Bobby Maida..Webmaster

  110. Joanne,
    Here is the schedule for the Sons of San Paolino (LI Giglio)
    Saturday June 19 The San Paolino Procession starts at 2:30 PM from Stango’s Restaurant..19 Grove St, Glen Cove, NY The Paranza Mass begins at 4 pm at St Patrick’s
    Church. 1st Lift of the Giglio
    is at 5:30 pm. St Patrick’s Church is located at 235 Glen St..Glen Cove, NY
    More info on the feast can be found at http://www.sanpaolino.org

  111. prejudice brothers overseas, I’m studying a bit ‘giglistica your story and I understand that the lily in East Harlem is derived from our party (Brusciano na) I want to know the date that the lily dance in East Harlem because I see him I want near so much. I want to know where to stay for days … I will visit Harlem Greetings Brothers.

  112. I want to say hello to all from east harlem.special hello to Toni Smiles and Roseann Mancuso love you with all my heart. Also to my nephew Anthony (meatballs) and family my cousins dolores, lorraine, linda,hello to johnny williams, connie,jacky,jackie,sal my sister josephine and brother albert. RIP JERRY+ANTHONY. Hello to Albert Prisco, susan basile charlie pavia and many many more. We had a great time growing up. It’s been over 40 years i wish I could see you all but I,m stuck here in Missouri with the hillbillys LOL It will be nice to hear from old frieads
    Love You All
    Marie Taddeo

  113. i was born bruscino napoli icame 1960 inever seen the harlem giglio i am goin this year. i have femaly in bruscino i go o most evry year to see the giglio in bruscino

  114. Thank God you all are still there. a great Italian American Tradition still alive.

  115. My Grandfather Tony and my Father Bernie ran the feast in Fairview and Cliffside Park, NJ. It’s terrific to see that you are continuing a great tradition. God Bless.

  116. Cari amici miei, spero che tutto vada bene li a New York.
    ho visto le foto che avete inserito nel sito, se volete, ne mando alcune della Festa 2004, quando siamo venuti un bel gruppo di noi alla vostra festa.
    Dear friends, I hope all is well there in New York.
    I saw the photos you submit on the site, if you like, I send some of the festival in 2004, when we came a big group of us at your party.

  117. HAPPY AND HEALTHY 2010. THINKING ABOUT THE OLD DAYS =EAST HARLEM-WHO REMEMBERS THESE NAMES FROM EAST HARLEM OF YESTERDAY.-CARMINE DELACARVA.DIANNE DE LACARVA-PATTYGIRL CORDO=CAROL CORDO,JIMMY “DOTS”,JOSEPHINE TADDEO,MARIE TADDEO,CLARA TADDEO,ROSEANNE MANCUSO,TONI GIRL MANCUSO,SUSIE BASILE AND HER LATE SISTER ELIZABETH BASILE,JOHNNY WILLIAMS AKA JOHNNY 7 UP-ROASTBEEF AND HIS BROTHER “SPADAKS”,ANTHONY RICCO,JOHNNY RICCO,TOMMY CARATTA,MARIE CARATTA,”DOO DOO”,ETC. BRINGS BACK MEMEORIES

  118. i was born and raised 114 st 207 and 214 the brown stones are gone its a shame….us people from east harlem will live a long time now living on L.I still working as a barber near port jefferson …god bless all of you….pete petie rabbit

  119. WISHING EVERY1 & UR FAMILY, A HAPPY & HEALTHY THANKSGIVING DAY !!! GOBBLE ‘TIL U WOBBLE…
    REST IN PEACE 2 ALL WHO R NOT HERE 2 SHARE THIS HOLIDAY WITH US, MISS U & LUV U.

  120. My name is Salvatore Guarino. Some of you may have known my father Lawrence Guarino or my grandfather Salvatore “GooGoo” Guarino. They both lifted the Giglio. My grandfathers last lift I think was in about 1994, he started lifting in the 1950’s. My father lifted last in the ’80’s.

  121. Giglio Society of East Harlem Proudly Presents Italian Night for Men….Friday October 16, 2009 7PM to 12 Midnite. Delicious Italian Food, Open Bar and 50/50 Drawing. Music by Danny Vecchiano’s Giglio Band Accompanied by the Giglio Singers. Catering by Joe & Joe’s Restaurant.

    $60.00 per Person To be Held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Auditorium 115 St. bet 1st & Pleasant Ave. East Harlem, New York Valet Parking Available Hope to see you for a night of good friends and good times.

    (for any addional info call me at 914 771 5757
    or write bob631@aol.com )

    Photos of last years event (Giglio Men’s Night 2008 ) can be seen at http://bobbymaidasgigliopictures.shutterfly.com/

    Sorry ladies…just guys at this one. And Guys..Be nice to your lady..take her to dinner and maybe she’ll offer to be your designated driver drop off and pick up so you won’t have to worry ’bout anything.

  122. Hi everyone,i just joined the Giglio Soc.of E.H. i am 70 yrs.old i lived @ 324 E 109 st. from 1939 till 1963,i now live in Riverhead on L.I. glad to be aboard.

  123. this is my new web site.It’s about families who left the city in the 1950’s and 60’s ,check out our story and then place yours
    albert j prisco

  124. East Harlem Family and Friends. That time of year is just around the corner. It’s time for the 20th Annual Father and Sons Stickball Game…… sponsored by the Bisons
    and organized by Mikey Lentini.
    It’ll be held on a hun17th and Pleasant Avenue
    on Sunday..September 13th. Start time is 9:00 and ends at 5pm with a break for luch at 2pm. Come on over and be sure there is a good showing from the neighborhood….The best neighborhood of ’em all…East Harlem.

    P.S. If you are playing…be sure to wear your PFs, Keds or Cons.

  125. Annibale, It was great to have you and family at the feast. Everyone enjoyed your company and hope to see you again next year.

    Sta’ te buon

  126. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS MOMENT TO THANK EVERYONE WE MET THIS WEEKEND IN PARTICULAR FRANK FAZZALARI AND PETER FAZZALARI. THE FEAST WAS AMAZING. WE HOPE WE ADDED A LITTLE EXTRA FEELING TO THE EAST HARLEM FEAST THIS YEAR. YOU WELCOMED US WITH GREAT HOSPITALITY AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET THAT. GRAZIE RAGAZZI FROM ME AND MY FATHER FRANCO. MY FATHER WAS BORN IN NOLA BUT HASNT BEEN BACK TO NOLA FOR THE FEAST IN OVER 10 YEARS. THIS WAS THE FIRT TIME I WAS EVER ABLE TO “ALZARE” OR LIFT WITH MY FATHER.AS HAVING THE LUCK AND PRIVALEDGE TO GO TO NOLA EVERY YEAR TO LIFT WITH MY PARANZA “TRINCHESE” I CAN ASSURE YOU ALL THAT THE NOLANI ARE VERY PROUD OF WHAT YOU DO. IT WAS AN HONOR TO TAKE PART OF THE EAST HARLEM FEAST. CIAO A TUTTI! FIND ME ON FACEBOOK IF YOU REMEMBER ME..MY NAME IS ANNIBALE GALLUCCI.

  127. ieri fu ‘na festa indimenticabile come sempre!!! Grazie per l’aver fatto ancora una volta! Gia non vedo l’ora per la prossima paranza del giglio!

  128. What a wonderful feast day. The weather held out and the singer Jimmy made Tutti smile from heaven. When he sang the original Giglio song my family cried. Many thanks to all of you who worked so hard for making a beautiful feast.

  129. The Giglio Feast was wonderful and I saw so many people that I have not seen in 30 years..My son Charles Jr. took me there and I had the time of my life.

    Special Thanks to Nancee Madio for the lift to my wife Clara and her mother Scutchie, my niece Vicky and Jeannie Vac!!

    Charlie Pavia

  130. annibale, u have to get to the 6 train. take it to 116th st. when u get off walk to 115th st. warning…the blocks are loooong. i hope u enjoy yourself, trust me the trip from chicago is worth it !

  131. i’m sooooo excited &happy that it’s finally the day. I’ve been counting down the days.
    r.i.p jerry meatballs…you’ll be with us in spirit.
    let’s make it another great year boys & girls !!!

  132. thank you bella that helps us out very much..my next problem is finding the best route for bus/train from our hotel which is across from laguardia.ive been asking and reading suggestions but if anyone has a clear cut way to take the bus and trains from la guardia let me know!thanks and see you all soon. we are from Nola and live in Chicago.i go every june to nola, italy to help my paranza “La Trinchese.” and i cant wait to see the Giglio in New York..

  133. Just to add to my sister’s message, my mother’s maiden name was Ciccone. Her parents were Kelly and Patsy Mcgurk, from 109th St.
    The best day of the year for my mother was the day of the lift! She said it was like the old days, only everyone was much older. Even when her walking was limited, she would follow the lift with her wheelchair.
    My mother always said, “There’s two kinds of people in the world–The people from HARLEM, and the people who WISH they were from HARLEM!”
    So, for all the Ciccone’s, Ferrara’s, Lifrieri’s and Saldiveri’s, may I say, God bless East Harlem and my mother Dolores’ favorite feast.

  134. The feast of O’Giglio was my mother Dolores’s favorite place to be other than bingo, all kidding aside she loved the feast and to watch the lifts. She would get all dressed up the morning of the lift, call
    me up and say “Maria, come outside and see how I look.” It was her special day to see old friends and have fun. She would be there with her Jazzie scooter zooming up and down Pleasant Ave as she did when she was a kid. My mother was so choked up over the lifts. She used to tell me that when they announced the name of a deceased friend and then do the lift , that she felt that they were lifting the statue to heaven and that the look on the faces of the men while lifting the saint expressed how she felt in her heart about loosing that person, expecially her old friends Vicki and Jeannie Vac, because she was there for those lifts. It was more than a feast, it was tradition like fish was to Christmas Eve. My mother passed Dec 30, 2007 and we went to the feast last year. I danced with her picture in my hand. Its very hard to type this with eyes filled with tears, however thanks to everyone who kept the feast going, because my mother loved it dearly. I know when she hears the song, she is dancing in heaven with her friends.
    God Bless You All
    Love Maria

  135. annibale. the address to OLMC is located @ 449 E. 115th st., ny, ny. la guardia is in queens, not manhattan. mapquest directions from the airport to the church. i hope this helps. enjoy

  136. hi guys my father and i are coming from chicago to participate in the feast, how far is the feast from laguardia airport? is there an address i can use as point at the feast, for directions??? thanks

  137. Giglio Girls …Hope to see you too at the St Anthony
    procession which starts
    at Noon on a hun14th and Pleasant. All other freinds and family are welcome.

  138. Giglio Boys..Family and Friends. 2 more weeks til the St Anthony Procession. We start off on Pleasant and a hun 14th-15th(At Noon Saturday August 8) with St Anthony and the Giglio Band. We then go up a hun15th then a hun16th to second to St Anne’s Church. From there we hit a hun 8th and a hun 6th with us finishing up in a big finale at ORBIT..Band and all. Please try and participate in one of the last of East Harlem’s old traditions. Bring family and friends…Let’s have a good showing for St Anthony Photos of the procession can be seen at http://bobbymaidasgigliopictures.shutterfly.com/

  139. Looking forward to the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in East Harlem having recently attended the same feast in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Check out the website: http://www.dolcechannel.com

    For further info call me at 347 952 2008

  140. yesterday was my 1st bklyn giglio. it was cool. i always wanted 2 see the boat, it was very nice. i’m soooo anxious 4 next month, i’m counting the days. see yall in a few weeks. ciao 4 now

  141. Brusciano GIGLIO FEAST 26 august-1 september 2009.
    THIS Year is very special for BRUSCIANO
    WE WILL DANCE THE GIGLIO OF BRUSCIANO RIGHT IN PADOVA AROUND THE S. ANTHONY SHRINE CHURCH NEXT SUNDAY May 31.
    We’ll do it for all People of Brusciano and all they have family roots in our town and live around the world in Italy and abroad.
    Love 6 Peace.
    Antonio

  142. Hallo, I am writing and greeting you all from Brusciano Italy.
    I was at your/our GIGLIO FEAST on july 2003.
    Now you will dance the GIGLIO in August.
    So it is near Brusciano GIGLIO FEAST 26 august-1 september 2009.
    THIS Year is very special fo us.
    WE WILL DANCE THE GIGLIO OF BRUSCIANO RIGHT IN PADOVA AROUND THE S. ANTHONY SHRINE CHURCH.
    WE’LL DO IT FOR ALL OF US
    IN BRUSCIANO ITALY USA AND ALL THE WORL PEACE & LOVE.
    Bye Bye
    Antonio greets you.
    Write back if you like.

  143. Albert..At the moment I’m redoing my business and getting ready to move so won’t have the time right now..but will try a bit later.
    But if you or anyone else
    here can be of help..give me the photo number(on the shutterfly site)
    and name the people left to right in the pictures. I’ll then add the names. But after my move I will get on the phone with a few of the guys who have computers..go over the pictures and put names to them. Me..I’m bad with names cause of ‘somtimers’
    THanks

  144. bobby maida
    is it possible to put the names under all those great picture as i am sure there are people i know from my youth

  145. the giglio is fast approaching….can’t wait. thanks bobby for the dates & times. my love to all… c u in august. smooooches

  146. Just an update. Our Giglio Dance was a great success..Lots of great friends, food
    and music. The Auction (thanks to it being suggested by Bobby Sylvester and Paulie
    Ammirato was a great idea and helped raised some funds with some great Auction items donated by generous supporters. Bobby S. and Paulie A. did a great job prepping for it and working the Auction all night. Let us not forget our great Ladies who gave us much needed
    assistance and support . Bobby’s wife Marilyn, Paulie’s daughter Paula and my sweet angel Patti were indispensable. In addition Jamesy Nunziata’s wife Joanne
    was a great help going around the tables and selling tickets.
    Without their help we would have had some serious problems and I doubt we would have been able to pull it off. Hugs and thanks to the whole whole team and also to the Giglio Boys and their guests for making it such a memorable evening..

    The 2009 Giglio Dance photos can be found at

    http://bobbymaidasgigliopictures.shutterfly….

    On another note..my paisan Uncle Floyd Vivino on his radio show Italian-American Serenade today
    made mention a few times about the upcoming East Harlem reunion at Villa Barone.
    Arrangements have been made to accomadate a bit more attendees..so tickets
    are still available. For tickets be sure to contact Anna Barone 347-723-2660. Act fast for none will be sold after thursday(april 23rd) of this week. Any ordered must be picked up byThursday…April 23rd

  147. Giglio Dance Attendees..Here is the updated list for the Chinese Auction…Boy’s Bicycle, Girl’s Bicycle, Rao’s Gift Basket, Rao’s Cookbook(autographed), Dessert Cookbook(Featuring the work of Audrey Berghaus’ grandaughter.autographed), Ipod Nano with carryng case, Gift basket from Mike’s Deli on Arthur Avenue, Prime Condition baseball Cards…. Derek Jeter Rookie Card…Thurman Munson Card..Tom Seaver Card, 2 Starbucks Gift Basket, 10 XL Giglio Shirts from 2005-2008 /Miniature Giglio from Nola..Italy, Orbit Restaurant Gift Certificates, Sean John Men’s Sweat suits, Items from the play ‘Lampost Reunion’….Large framed Poster autographed by cast..TShirts and Playbill, Bliss assorted men and women’s creams, Basket of Cheer, Ladie’s Coach Bag.. Other items are being added.

    Auction cards are $20 with each card offering 26 chances..So bring a bit of cash to increase the odds in your favor and further benefit our Feast.

  148. hi jane russo
    we lived on 114 2nd and 3rd and my maiden name was Casale you may know my sister marie or my brothers jimmy johnny or freddy

  149. THANK YOU ALL WHO CAME TO SEE MY JERRY MEATBALLS.I AM SORRY THAT I COULD NOT ATTENDTO THE OTHERS THAT PAST.BUT MY PRAYERS AND HEART WAS WITH ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR LOVED ONES .

  150. To Maria Taddeo, The first thing is you have my phone numbers, you don’t need to ask anyone else on the website for videos because I have videos from every year. The second thing you need to do is get yourself over here this year, spend some time with your family, see the feast in person and I will have no problem making you videos. Third thing is keep in touch and call your nephew once in a blue moon. Did anyone send you any videos, I am sure they didn’t (ha! ha!). Love Anthony Meatballs

  151. Giglio di Sant’ Antonio Feast
    2009 Schedule of Events

    Thursday August 6, 2009 at 8 PM: Entertainment by The Brooklyn Keys.
    Friday August 7, 2009 at 8 PM: Entertainment by Tony Sal & His Doo Wop Revue.
    Saturday August 8, 2009:
    12 PM: Sant’ Antonio Procession throughout the Neighborhood.
    7PM: Dancing of the Children’s Giglio.
    9PM: Entertainment by Dee Jay Megan Z.

    Sunday August 9, 2009:
    12:30 PM: Paranza Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Shirne Church.
    2:00 PM: First Lift and Dancing of the Giglio di Sant’ Antonio.

    Monday August 10, 2009 at 9 AM: Dismantling of the Giglio. Members are urged to attend to help break down the Feast. We can use all the help we can get !

  152. Giglio Dance Attendees..Something Special this year. We are having a ‘Chinese Auction’
    with some great items donated by friends of the Society. Some of the items
    up for auction are…Boy’s Bicycle, Girl’s Bicycle, Rao’s Gift Basket, Rao’s Cookbook(autographed),
    Dessert Cookbook(autographed), Ipod Nano with carryng case, Gift basket from Mike’s Deli
    on Arthur Avenue, Prime Condition Baseball Cards Derek Jeter Rookie Card,
    Thurman Munson Card,
    Tom Seaver Card, Starbucks Gift Basket, 2 Lifter & 2 Stand Giglio Shirts from
    2008 /Miniature Giglio fromNola..Italy,
    Orbit Restaurant Gift Certificates, Sean John Men’s Sweat suits, Items
    from the play ‘Lampost Reunion’….Large Framed Poster autographed by cast..TShirts and Playbill,
    Bliss assorted men and women’s creams.
    Other items are being added. Don’t miss it..Order your dance tickets today

  153. The Giglio Society of East Harlem

    Proudly Presents its 6th Annual Dinner Dance
    To be held at Maestro’s in the Bronx..
    1703 Bronxdale Avenue Bronx, NY 10462 Saturday April 18, 2009…. 7pm to 1 AM

    · Reserve your seats early ! Please respond by March 31st. There will be no paying at the Door.
    · Tickets are $85 per person Please mail your response indicating the number of seats you need along with your check payable to Giglio Society of East Harlem no later than March 31st to: Giglio Society of East Harlem, Throgs Neck Station, PO Box 1025, Bronx, New York 10465.
    · We will have Live Entertainment featuring …..
    1) Danny Vecchiano’s Giglio Band at the Cocktail Hour.
    2) Nick Sirrano’s DJ Connection Live “The Best Of Both Worlds” Music for all ages plus Live Entertainment featuring the sounds of Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Michael Buble, Dean Martin & more.
    3) Eddie & the Starlites, a Fabulous Oldies Group who revisit the era of Rhythm & Blues featuring a variety of songs made famous by Curtis Mayfield, Tony Williams, Smokey Robinson & more.
    · All net proceeds go directly towards the continuation of our long honored tradition of Dancing the Giglio di Sant’ Antonio
    ·
    For additional info.. Contact Bobby Maida..Giglio Promotions Manager
    Bob631@aol.com

  154. I was born and raised in “Italian Harlem” at 435 E. 114 St. between lst and pleasant ave. My maiden name was Yasso. Went to OLMC and helped my Aunt Carrie sell soda and food at the feast every year. Some names I remember are Casale, Sica, DeMizzio, DeStefano, Rao, Calabrese, Alvino, Moore. If anyone would like to talk about the good old days – email me. Unless you were born there – it was an experience like no other!

    Jane

  155. I bet everyones dreaming of the warm/hot summer days of the giglio.-just hang in there it will be soon enough(well sometimes in this cold it does not seem like it could be soon enough)-well stay warm and be safe-love susan. see you then

  156. to marie taddeo
    yes i was on 106 st in the early 50’s one year me and some of my friends were give the shirts,caps and the neckerchiefs and we carried the next day what a day by the way my grandmother francesca owed the candy store at 106th between 1st and the east river drive and that’s where we hung out.

  157. to charles gazzola
    we lived at 349 104st across from st lucy’s church and and i spend kindergarden to the eight grade with all those great nuns plus mrs riccio at st lucy’s school

  158. at this time of year it is hard for us all…i am the last person to believe there is a bright side to anything! for my new years resolution i am trying to find the light at the end of the tunnel. i have not yet & sincerly hope i do. the only glimmer of happiness is to remember our loved ones who have passed, not for the time we won’t have with them but for all the wonderful memories we hold so dear in our hearts.(i spent so much time of regret & anger, i have a twinge of holiday spirit in me.) i promised my husband i would do that this year & always try to.as sad as i am i hope for all is to find ur light. r.i.p to our dearly departed. happy holidays to all & may god bless u all.

  159. yes lorraine we r cousins. i was introduced to u at ur mom’s funeral (sad terms). yes she was beautiful..god rest her soul.

  160. To Bella..(I believe you are my cousin Dolores daughter) In any event, I want to thank you for always remembering my beautiful mother Jeannie Vac…she and Jerry (Meatballs) and Joann (Perks) were all 1st cousins
    and all have gone from us much to soon..RIP..

  161. to albert prisco-i am sorry to bother you but i would like to know if you are related to an albert prisco who was/is married to a joannie and had i believe three sons. my mother jackie use to have a friend named joannie who live in the jefferson projects and was married to albert frisco. the last we know of them they moved to long beach Long island. i have a couple of oldpictures(black and whie of course of albert prisco sons when they were babies in the 1950’s.my uncle skippy also had a friend “fat” albert”prisco RoRo,s late father.my uncle baptised roro .I see roro now and then 106thst. we both still live here. anyway i was just curious if you knew anything about mymoms old friend joannie prisco and her husband albert and their kids. thanks-if so please email me thanks again -susie from a hun nine.

  162. i would like to wish everyone & their families …Happy Holidays. God Bless U. R.I.P “Meatballs”, Jeannie & joanna

  163. to all my friends from 106th street and grandma prisco candy store and the year freddy 4 gave us the caps and the t shirts to carry the giglio what a day

  164. to marie taddeo
    i remember in the 50’s watching them build giglio in front of my grandma’s candy store 106th between first and east river drive and all the stands along 1st avenue and the aroma of the sausage and peppers zeppole and fresh clams and what about that italian candy those were the days in east harlem and the stickball games every sunday on 106th what an era

  165. the giglio belongs to east harlem. when it left in the 70’s the neighborhood was never the same, I couldnt belive it when it came back it was unbelievale. i am proud to be a east harlem girl never really left this place. keep comming back each year. every year the feast gets better and brings all friends together.hope to see loraine this year,josephine taddeo and roseanne mancuso. also like tio see carol and annette.hopefully frankie saputo will come (my brother)to see all his cousins.,looking forward to the 2009 feast. susie from a hun nine street.

  166. Thank you to all the members of the Giglio Girls Society, We did it !!!! I’m so proud to be a part of this tradition with all of you, we came together as family and danced the Giglio with pride. When I was a little girl I would go in my room with a broom stick yelling the commands wishing I would one day have the honor to command a lift, my wish came true Thanks to my father, Johnny Z, Fuzzy, Dominick Rusello, Frankie Uvenio, Tommy Russo, Jamesy, Peter Fuz, Frankie Uvenio Jr. , Musky and Victor delicurti,love you guys.
    What a wonderful year ladies, lets do it again in 2009 !
    Love,
    Megan Z.

  167. The Giglio Society of East Harlem proudly presents it’s ANNUAL ITALIAN NIGHT FOR MEN…….”A Reunion of Friends” (sorry Ladies..Men only)
    with delicious Italian food and delicacies (catering by Joe and Joe’s Restaurant), an open, well stocked bar(cigar smoking permitted) and music by Danny Vecchiano’s Giglio Band. There will also be a 50/50 drawing. Date of this great night is Friday October 17, 2008 7:00 PM til Midnite. $60 per person. All proceeds benefit
    funding of the Giglio Feast.
    It’ll be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Auditorium…. East 115st between 1st & Pleasant Avenue..East Harlem, NY. (Valet parking will be available) You don’t have to be a Society member to attend..just have East Harlem connections. Hope to see all of you there.

    Worried about driving after drinking? Have your Honey drive you to and fro. In return..take her out to dinner the next night.
    Any questions?? Call me at 703 975 8976 or email me bob631@aol.com

    P.S. Please… feel free to pass this on to all our cumps who are not online.

  168. YES LORRAINE YOU SAID IT RIGHT MY WONDERFUL MOTHER.ALWAYS BE PROUD OF YOUR MOTHER BECAUSE JEANNIE VAC CANT BE REPLACED

  169. Hi, I can’t believe this is the 1st time I’m looking at this sight. Yes the Giglio brings back so many memories and happy times shared with family and friends. The Giglio was in my mothers blood, she lived for that week when the feast was on. We went all over to follow the Giglio..106, 108, The Bronx (Middletown Rd., Waters Place, Commerce Ave., Morris Park, Wilkinson Ave, Arthur Ave., Hazel Towers, Tremont Ave-Premier East, Greenpoint, Bklyn, Long Island and 115th..I lost my mother 2 years ago (8/30/06) and haven’t been back to the feast since..I never got to thank Johnny Z and all the others for the beautiful lift and tribute in her honor..So let me say, Thank You from the bottom of my heart, and rather then run away from it I will be back to continue the tradition and hold on to all the wonderful memories that I am so proud to be a part of and keep my mothers memory alive, because I am her daughter and so proud of it….Lorraine…Oh, my wonderful mother..
    Jeannie Vac…Vaccarelli-Saputo..I would love to hear from anyone who has a story…

  170. i forgot to mention,that we came from harlem 330 east 115th street,and being there watching the giglio and hearing the music,brought back old times with my parent i miss harlem

  171. i would like to say i had the best time ever,being with my family was the best time ever thakn you all,love you nancee and gerard

  172. Any body out there remember the original feast from 106th Street? It was the largest italian feast in all of the United States. It was carried from 106th Street to 109th St and we had the best seat in town.
    Marie Taddeo we love you!

  173. Today was was bittersweet..a time of joy & mourning. remember all the nice things about jerry. he is with us in spirit & was watching right along with us. thank u to the giglio society for the great work on the giglio, the paranza for always making great music.
    thanks to my cuz anthony “meatballs” for the beautiful lift for ur father…it was wonderful.
    rip jerry meatballs
    c u all next year

  174. Best wishes to all the organizers, volunteers and supporters of this historic feast and religious celebration. May the traditions continue and thrive for the Italian American community and for all Americans.

    Bill Russo

  175. 2morrow is the big day! a day of excitement & grief. the giglio will not be the same without u cuz. u will be with us in spirit…wish u were here.
    luv u..rip meatballs

  176. May i ask for a big favor from anyone taping this years giglio I would pay anyone who could tape this giglio from start to finish . I’ll pay for the tape or CD copy plus S+H.
    my name is Marie meatballs
    sister from MISSOURI.
    you could call me at 417-334-4867

  177. THE GIGLIO WILL NEVER EVER BE THE SAME FOR ME WITHOUT YOU MY JERRY. I HAVE BEEN WITH YOU IN EVERY FEAST SINCE WE WERE TEENAGERS.YOU ARE THE LOVE OF MY LIFE AND ALWAYS WILL BE!I LOVE AND MISS YOU SO MUCH!YOU HAVE ALWAYS LOVED THE FEAST & YOU’LL BE THERE WITH US IN SPIRT! YOUR WIFE EILEEN.

  178. THIS YEARS GIGLIO FEAST WILL NOT BE THE SAME WITHOUT{ MY DADDY JERRY MEATBALLS}, I MISS & LOVE YOU MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY! YOU WILL FOREVER BE IN MY HEART! YOUR DAUGHTER.

  179. ill never forget the astoria ravenswood feast some leaders were patty ioviono smokey joe and michael massa the band leader.. who can forget louie38.. email me if you wish to chat..

  180. Please don’t forget we have a procession for St Anthony which takes us from a hun14 and Pleasant
    up a hun16 to a hun 6th
    and to St Anne’s and back.
    We meet for the procession at 12 noon on Saturday August 9th on a hun14th and Pleasant.
    Hope to see you there.

  181. CONGRADS GILIO GIRLS!! AND MEGAN GREAT JOB…
    WE DID IT. Thank you my dearest friend Rosanne for making this possiable. Check off one from the bucket list. I have wanted to do this since im 10 years old, I always asked my dad why can’t I do it? I can lift a case of soda and so many of the boys could’nt. Well I finally Did it DAD you would have been proud. I miss you and love you, I will see u heaven some day xoxo and looking foward to 2009 !!!!

  182. I have been the only girl thus far to lift the Giglio with the guys for the past couple of years, The first time it happened I was on a high for the next year. It was one of the best experiences of my life, Thank you especially PETER FAZZ, Frankie Fazz, Johnny Z, Frankie Gissele, Jamsey Annuziata, & the Leutenants for giving me this opportunity. AND OF COURSE TO MY BOYS THE LIFTERS for accepting me as one of their own. ‘GET IT UP BOYS’!!!!
    Finally, The Girls Giglio Society!!!!
    Father Fonti in Brooklyn, A Stone cold zeppole right back at you. The Girls did it! A number 2 to boot!!!!
    Megan Z. Congats to you, you did a great job as our #1 Capo. Scutch I’m sure was watching & giving you her blessings.

  183. Over 50 years ago I first went to the Feast in Harlem. My parent’s neighborhood. I forgot about the festival until I found Mr Ferrara’s record.
    Yesterday I saw the Dance again in Brooklyn with my wife. Next we will return to Harlem in August .

  184. Congratulations and best wishes to everyone. As a new media network (TV & Internet) dedicated to All Things Italian, we would like to share this great time-honored tradition with millions worldwide. For more information about our new network, please visit http://www.DolceChannel.com.
    Warmest Regards,
    DOLCE

  185. My brother Jimmy and I lived at 107th Street and First Avenue during the 1940s and 1950s when the Festa was held on 106th Street. We both went to PS 168 on 104/105th Street, and hung out on 107th Street. Would love to get in touch with any of our friends from the old neighborhood who are still around. Please e-mail me.

  186. I’M STEVE – JERRY MEATBALLS CUZ, YOUR IN MY THOUGHTS EVERY DAY. THIS FEAST 2008 WILL BE THE FIRST WITHOUT YOU THERE, FOR ME & MANY OTHERS IT WILL BE BITTERSWEET. THINKING ABOUT THE GOOD TIMES & MISSING YOU AT THE SAME TIME. ALL THE GUY’S IN THE FAMILY & MANY OF YOUR FRIENDS ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO MAKING A LIFT IN YOUR HONOR.

  187. Ciao Tutti!
    I’m a native New Yorker born and breed on 116st. It is a great thing that the Giglio Festa still continues. Last year was amazing there was truly a buzz in the air with ever lift from the proud lifters. I’m so proud to be from East Harlem and excited to be at this years Festa. I will be there representing the largest fraternal organization in the country, the Order Sons (and Daughters) of Italy in America. I’m the president of the Centennial Lodge in NYC. Check out the link to our website to learn more about how we should all work together to keep our amazing culture and heritage alive and well in NYC!

    Bravo to the Society and all its members and fans!

    Respectfully,

    Gennaro from the Block…

  188. i love going to the giglio since childhood. many good memories & happy times. even in the venure of lost loved ones…it will be great as always. they will be there with us.
    always in our hearts…
    didi jo, cuz’s jerry & jeanie

  189. this years giglio will not be the same without meatballs . jerry was a good man & knew how to get everyone going. it is sad that this will be our first year without him. R.I.P cousin…u are truely missed. heaven is blessed to have u.
    ….linda from the bronx

  190. My father was born in 1911 ..lived on 115 between 1st and 2nd. Worked as a child in John’s Barber shop..5 sisters, 4 brothers…he told many stories and pictures reminded me of what I saw as a child.

  191. I just became a member of the Giglio Society of East Harlem. It’s an horor for me to be part of this great organization.

  192. My dad was known as Billy the Greek, my greatest momories was watching him and his friends carring the Giglio. I will never forget, the music such wonderful heartfilled memories.. I have found a picture of him here on the this web site, brought me to tears.. thank you for keeping our memories alive..

  193. I KNOW THOSE DAYS ARE LONG GONE , BUT THEY WILL LIVE IN MY HEART FOREVER. MY FAMILY LIVED AT 331 E. 108 RIGHT OVER IGGY’S “CANDY STORE” AND WE HAD THE BEST SEAT DURING THE FEAST. ENJOYED EVERYTHING LEADING UP TO THE ACTUAL LIFT IN SEPTEMBER.THE LIGHTS, ENTERTAINMENT AND FRIENDS WERE THE HIGHLIGHT TO THE END OF THE SUMMER. IT’S TRUE, WHEN YOU HEAR THE MUSIC , IT BRINGS YOU RIGHT BACK TO THAT TIME LONG AGO.

  194. I lived on 109th bet. 2/3rd Ave. My mother lived on 108th. My family lived in the neighborhood for years. I always found the feast and Giglio to be the best during those summers. There were 3 feasts as I recall – 110th; 116th and ended on 108th. I have not seen the Giglio since 1970 and plan to attend this year. Hope to see old friends and make new ones!
    Deborah

  195. I just want to thank all the great guys that came to see my dad off. It brings joy to my heart to know he was loved by you guys. I will never forget that. THANK YOU MEATBALLS

  196. Although my mother’s family have been active members of the Giglio Celebrations in the Greenpoint/Williamsburg section of Brooklyn for many years.
    As a young altar boy in MT. Carmel at E. 115 St., in East Harlem. I can still remember the Giglio for St. Anthony (if I recall correctly) at E. 108st., in East Harlem.
    My mothers nephew Philip Manna was the Capo in last years Giglio festival in Brooklyn.
    Want I would love one day to see is a parade of Giglio’s (during the Columbus Day Celebrations) going down 5th Avenue. What an awesome site that would be.
    An experience that I believe would be etched in the minds of all who would witness it for generations to come.
    To give you an idea.
    Log on to: http://home.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user
    and click on my video “Red Dawn Rising” on MySpace Website.
    These were taken by my cousin in Nola, Italy which he gave to my mom sometime in 1991.
    They were taken from the Palazzo Catena (my Grandmother’s ancestral home) where St. Paulinus cultivated his favorite flower,the Lily in the court-yard (which once contained the horses of Augustus Caesars Equestrian Guard) of this landmark historical mansion which gave birth to the design & the feast of the Giglio in 410 A.D., by the citizens of Nola
    It’s foundations date back to the time of Jesus, where the First Emperor Augustus Caesar came to die & handed over the Empire to his adopted son Tiberius, who Lord Jesus had referred to in the new Testament of the Bible when he told the Parisees “Render onto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s” in Book of the apostle Matthew Chapter22/ verse 21
    My mothers lineage goes back to 976 A.D., with many historical religious figures (such as Ascanio Francis Caracciolo (whose mother was a descendant of St. Thomas Aquinas etc.
    One of my mothers descendants Cardinal Oliviero Carafa (who was the Uncle of Pope Paul IV from the Caracciolo ancestral tree) was responsible for saving & hiding the relics (vial of blood etc) of St. Gennaro (Januarius) from southern Italy’s coastal invaders (pirates) at the time until it was safe enough to return them to the Cathedral of St. Gennaro in Naples Italy where he placed them in a (as historians put it) magnificent crypt he had prepared for it with a frozen effigy (a statue) of himself kneeling in eternal devotion to his popular Saint. It is good to see sites (such as yours) keep our Italian-American religious & cultural traditions alive for future generations.
    Thank you.

  197. I came from hun10. i’ve been going to the feast since i was 6 years old. never missed one from 106th street right back to 115th street. i love it. i’m 63 years old and whenever i’m at the feast or hear the music i’m right back to being a kid again.
    thanks for these great websites. Robert thanks for sending it to me.

  198. I grew up on 105th st. Always loved the giglio. Will never forget all the great music. The Harlem lifts were always amazing. Searching for anyone who might know Dixie, Gloira Maldonado.

  199. Hi Guys
    First thing I have to say is “I LOVE THIS PLACE”
    I got several E-mails regarding the Giglio Photos I took last year (2007). Seems like some of you are having problems viewing them. if so E-mail me and I’ll send you a direct link.
    Robert from A-hun 11

  200. A correction to my previous post. We lived between 1st and 2nd – 310 109th. I went to St. Ann’s and went on to Mother Cabrini.
    Deborah

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