A ShutterBug Explores ~ Wordless Wednesday and My World
(not so wordless today)
St. Peter's Fiesta time on Cape Ann MA.
Lots of boats and crowds ~ St Peter's Fiesta
The Italian tradition of honoring St Peter, the patron saint of fishermen is held the mid week week and weekend in June ~ It was established in the 1940's after the war, I believe. This ethnic group lived in a section called The Fort which was close to the harbor and their boats would be at the piers. They didn't go fishing during the fiesta but their boats would be repainted and decorated and homes would be opened to friends and family with tasty Italian foods. I have fond memories of this tradition. Now, it is still celebrated but there is a carnival atmosphere that tends to over power the area now. There are very few fishing boats left now but the tradition is still celebrated with music, food, a lighted altar (built each year) with a statue of St. Peter and a Mass is celebrated on Sunday and the statue of St Peter is paraded through the town.
Plus, it is the 400th Anniversary of Gloucester MA and more celebrations are going on ~ Quite special but given that the island of Gloucester is quite small there can be problems with traffic and parking ~ but, hey ~
Vive San Pietro . and Happy Anniversary to Gloucester MA.