Born in East Harlem on March 15, 1917, Angelo Granata established himself as a great leader in the East Harlem tradition. In 1947, the 30-year-old Angelo Granata oversaw the building of ‘his’ first Giglio on 106th Street. Over the next 6 decades, Angelo was one of the greatest inspirations of the “Giglio di San Antonio”
If there was one moment which symbolizes Angelo Granata’s great leadership as a Capo Paranza, it was an event that took place during the early 1960’s. In the middle of the East Harlem feast, Angelo Granata stunned the throngs of thousands by handpicking – 32 lifters and assigning just eight men to the four corners of the Giglio. Angelo called out “Musica!” Phil Caccavale and his legendary band, including its lead singer, Tuddy Ferrara burst into a jubilant Italian folk song which inspired these chosen few paranza to remarkably lift their 65 foot-high moving monument to faith with unbridled power and passion.