The Merger coxswain Vito Giacalone was in a unique situation with his crew this week as it competed for the Men's Seine Boat championship.
As bearers carrying the statue of St. Peter and a sea of onlookers, donned in white, chanted “VIVA!” in front of Our Lady of Good Voyage Church during the Procession of St. Peter Sunday afternoon, the voice of a beloved leader raised in prayer was missing from the steps of the church.
Tammy Lewis and her sister, Linda Mack, had already taken in several St. Peter's Fiesta events over the previous days, and Lewis said they were looking forward to Sunday afternoon's Greasy Pole Walk and more.
After taking the flag during Friday night's Greasy Pole contest, Derek Hopkins took down the Saturday Greasy Pole flag in round 2, first walker. He goes for 3 in a row Sunday, which hasn’t been done since Jake Wood in 1999.
The Fiesta Shows carnival and entertainer Barry Mooney really opened the 92nd edition of St. Peter's Fiesta on Wednesday, the Fiesta 5K road race highlighted another busy night of Fiesta activities on Thursday, and the first rounds of the Greasy Pole Walk and seine boat races hit the water l…
The sight of children, teens and adults carrying oars donned with the names of local fishing vessels has become a staple of the St. Peter’s Fiesta procession on Sunday.
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Local children will see a storybook about St. Peter’s Fiesta come to life on stage at the launch of Gloucester Stage Company’s Playtime Stories summer program.
A youth who challenged others to a fight just outside the entrance to St. Peter's Fiesta and another "juvenile matter" within the Fiesta grounds clouded Wednesday's opening night of Gloucester's annual celebration of the patron saint of fishermen.
Before carnival goers crowd St. Peter’s Square and the first winner snags the flag from the end of the Greasy Pole, the annual Novena to St. Peter — the nine nights of prayer leading up to the start of St. Peter’s Fiesta — culminated Tuesday night at the Lester S. Wass American Legion Hall o…
Note: The Greasy Pole was contested on Mondays from 1931-1949 and there were no events held from 1940-45 due to World War II. A Friday competition was added in 1999.
The main stage and altar are still under construction, and the festive scene that will make up Gloucester's 92nd St. Peter's Fiesta won't hit its stride until next week.
MBTA riders to and from Cape Ann will have to opt for free bus service between the West Gloucester and Rockport stations for another two weeks while early work continues on replacing the Annisquam River drawbridge.
More than an hour after the procession had passed by, shouts of "Viva" could still be heard, along with car horns — all showing their love for the festival surrounding Saint Peter.
Friday night's events at the St. Peter's Fiesta in Gloucester saw crowds on the beach, slips on the greasy pole and strides in seine boats. Frank Taormina took home the victory in the Greasy Pole walk while women and girls seine boat champions saw defeat from last year's winners.
The fun, food and games may have begun Wednesday, but the 91st annual celebration of the patron saint of fishermen didn't officially start until Friday night.
Seventeen years ago Tom Aiello and friends from down the Fort decided to revive a tradition missing from Fiesta's Sunday procession that they took part in as children. And they're keeping it going this year, but they need some help.
Note: The Greasy Pole was contested on Mondays from 1931-1949 and there were no events held from 1940-45 due to World War II. A Friday competition was added in 1999
A week before Gloucester gives itself over completely to the annual St. Peter's Fiesta, the city's fishing fleet and shoreside stakeholders had something tangible to celebrate in the effort to return the city to its fishing glory.
The opening of St. Peter’s Fiesta doesn’t come for another eight days, but one important religious element of Gloucester’s annual salute to the patron saint of the fishermen is underway.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what's a film trailer worth? Local filmmakers Craig Kimberley and Sean O'Laughlin hope theirs will be enough to finance the completion of their documentary "The Pride of Gloucester" — what the two call a celebration of Gloucester's "proud history …
Every year, St. Peter’s Fiesta committee members try to do something special to mark the festival which takes place annual at the end of June. The special happening this year will be the release of "Nonna, What is St. Peter’s Fiesta?"
Less than 12 hours after the St. Peter's statue was returned to the club that bears his name, Joe Novello, the 66-year-old president of the Fiesta Committee, was back at work on the St. Peter's Square grounds.
Before the St. Peter's Fiesta Committee prepares for next year's 91st edition — let alone for the 100th and others expected to follow —- one of the first chores will be an assessment of the bills and revenues from this past week's 90th celebration.
The five days of St. Peter’s Fiesta brought just three festival-related arrests. All the charges were filed after incidents just outside the festival grounds Saturday and Sunday nights.
Seeing the Mother of Grace statue carried down the main aisle toward the St. Peter’s Fiesta altar, Phyllis Moore, 90, shouted one of the first among dozens of “Viva” chants that reverberated Sunday across Gloucester’s downtown.
Bishop Mark O'Connell, Auxiliary Bishop of the North Region of the Archdiocese of Boston, gave the annual Mass at St. Peter Square before the Procession and the blessing of the fleet.
A fleet of pleasure boats blessed on a sunny Sunday afternoon replaced the fishing vessels that once lined Gloucester’s Outer Harbor during St. Peter’s Fiesta.