Giglio festival celebrates Brooklyn’s Italian pride for 129th time

Jul 06, 2016 722

By Lisa L. Colangelo

Gentrification can't keep the giglio out of Williamsburg. The 129th Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and San Paolino kicks off Wednesday in Brooklyn, with sausage, zeppole and a 4-ton, 65-foot statue to honor a beloved Italian saint.

"It's definitely pride and a tradition," said Joe Galasso, a 41-year-old city firefighter and Williamsburg resident whose great-grandfather helped start the feast. "People who have moved away come back every year." Galasso, a father of four girls, has been involved with the parade since he was a toddler.

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