When St. Peter’s Fiesta reaches its climax Sunday — with the annual Outdoor Mass, the Blessing of the Fleet and, yes, the final Greasy Pole Walk and other events — the day’s real highlight, the procession of St. Peter, travels Gloucester’s streets. And that procession includes the carrying of oars named in tribute of vessels lost at sea by the city’s fishing fleet.
This year, however, Fiesta officials are putting out a call for more carriers.
“We are always in need of people of any age to carry one of the many oars representing Gloucester’s fishing fleet of both the past and present,” said Tom Aiello. “This is a chance to become part of both the Fiesta as well as a tradition that dates back to the late 1960s that was started by Sam Novello and the children of The Fort.”
The only requirement to be a carrier, Aiello said, is that participants should wear a white shirt or top, if possible.
“By carrying an oar in the procession,” he added, “you will also be showing your support for our fishing industry, which today is enduring so many hardships.”
The carriers will be gathering for the procession at the Cape Ann Brewery Co., adjacent to St. Peter’s Park at approximately 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The procession begins after conclusion of the 10 a.m. Outdoor Mass.
Anyone seeking more information may contact Aiello at 978-283-8760.
‘Tiny Tuna’ tournament
A unique bluefin fishing tournament, to be held in honor of a Gloucester fishermen who passed away late last year, is in the works to be held based out of Gloucester and running Thursday through Saturday, July 11-14.
The event, billed as the Mark Godfried Memorial Tag A Tiny Bluefin Tournament, is being organized by the Gloucester-based Large Pelagics Research Center as a fund-raiser to promote bluefin tuna research. The center, under the direction of Dr. Molly Lutcavage, is a premiere research program focused on tunas and billfish. Based at the UMass Marine Station in Gloucester, the center and its tagging program have helped identify migration routes, growth patterns, and potential spawning areas of Bluefin tuna.