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Big Dance for Big Statue

Revelers hold the three-ton Giglio high along Havermeyer Street in Williamsburg during Our Lady of Carmel Church’s 125th annual Dance of the Giglio and Boat last Sunday, July 8. The celebration is a tribute to St. Paulinus of Nola, who sacrificed himself to save a widow’s only son during an invasion of Italy by North African tribes around 410 A.D. The Boat statue, which was also danced on Sunday, commemorates St. Paulinus’ rescue from his captors. The feast continues through Monday, July 16.


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