Talk about heavy lifting.
For more than 100 years, the Giglio has been delighting Brooklynites with the lifting of an 80-foot tall, three-ton tower.
To unsuspecting visitors to Williamsburg during the 12-day feast, the sight might be a bit mysterious, what with 100 grown men slowly hoisting the tower — a statue of St. Paulinus of Nola — down Havemayer Street, while still managing to hold on to their beer.
It’s all part of a celebration honoring Paulinus, whose saintly behavior included sacrificing himself for his son, being enslaved in Africa and then returning to Nola in one piece, where he was showered with lilies, aka gigli.
Now in its 123rd year in the neighborhood, the feast also features music from acts like Danny Vecchiano and the Giglio Band, great, greasy street fair food like sausage and peppers and zeppolis, and a celebration of the community around Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish, which organizes the festival, which runs July 7-18.
Year in and year out, it’s not to be missed.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Feast and Festival of the Giglio [275 N. Eighth St. at Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg, (718) 384-0223], July 7-18. The giglio is lifted on July 11 at 1 pm; on July 14 at 8 pm; and on July 18 at 2 pm. For info, visit www.olmcfeast.com.