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 late Friday afternoon.

But Friday night marked Fiesta's formal "opening ceremonies," with traditional shouts of "Viva San Pietro" ringing out over St. Peter's Square and bearers carrying Gloucester's statue of the patron saint of fishermen from the St. Peter's Club to Fiesta's main altar and stage.

The pageantry included a procession with the iconic statue in a short loop up Washington Street, over Middle Street and back down Angle Street into the St. Peter's Square, where speakers officially kicked off the city's annual tribute to its fishing fleet and its Sicilian and Italian heritage.

The much larger procession of St. Peter, which winds through the streets of Gloucester and highlights the five-day celebration, is slated for Sunday at noon, following a 10 a.m. outdoor Mass.

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