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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.



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  1. I want to go and enjoy. So beautiful.

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    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday, Carol. Love and hugs to you and Ziggy. ♥

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  2. Looks like a big event. Glad you have those memories. Yes, tourists can make everyday life a bit of hell. LOL

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  3. What an interesting celebration. Love all the boats, too bad there are not many left.

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  4. I live in Massachusetts and didn't even know about it. :)XO

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  5. It makes me a bit sad to know that a traditional festival has changed over the years but we have that same thing going on where I live (in a different way).

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  6. So many people celebrating! It looks like a fun time even though it has changed over the years.

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  7. Looks like such a fun atmosphere. Thanks for sharing these stunning shots.

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  8. That had to be quite the party this year!

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  9. I think i might have preferred back when it was still a simple, home made festival, although a carnival can be fun in small doses.

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  10. Oh my goodness! A lot gong on there! Thanks for the history lesson!

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