GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

Top Stories

June 29, 2013

'Viva San Pietro'

Ceremonies set stage for Fiesta weekend

After two days of musical entertainment, a road race, carnival rides and games, St. Peter’s Fiesta took a more formal turn Friday night, with shouts of “Viva San Pietro” in the air.

In keeping with tradition, Friday night’s official opening ceremonies brought the statue of St. Peter himself out of the club that bears his name to the stage altar, with members of the Fiesta Committee carrying the likeness of the fishermen’s patron saint as if the saint himself were to watch the weekend’s proceedings.

And public officials, including Mayor Carolyn Kirk, turned to matters at hand within the fishing industry, which is wrestling with dire cuts of up to 78 percent in fishermen’s allowable catch this year, seriously threatening Gloucester’s and New England’s fleet.

Friday night’s ceremonies also set the stage for the weekend core of Fiesta’s religious activities, leading up to Sunday’s Outdoor Mass in St. Peter’s Square, the Procession of St. Peter, and the Blessing of the Fleet.

And, yes, the Greasy Pole Walk and seine boat races continue today and Sunday, capped by the Greasy Pole Walk of Champions competition late Sunday afternoon.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Top Stories

Pictures of the Week
Your news, your way
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest