THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY…AND OTHER TALES OF WOE fROM THE SUNDAY GREASY POLE #greasegang

Photos of our Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers walking The Walk. Congratulations again to second time winner Jake Wagner, who was walking in memory of his Dad, John Wagner. Sunday was one of the most exciting Greasy Pole events ever, with outstanding walks and legendary losses.

Lenny Taormina, the agony!


Jake Wagner Sunday Greasy Pole Champion

JAKE WAGNER 2017 GREASY POLE SUNDAY CHAMPION WALKING IN MEMORY OF HIS DAD JOHN WAGNER

Congratulations to Jake Wagner, your Sunday 2017 Greasy Pole Champion. Jake was walking in memory of his Dad, John Wagner, a long time Greasy Pole protégé.
Jake Wagner, with Mom Robin, sister Mackenzie, and brother Nick

Jake and very proud brother Nick

Steven Leblanc always keeping an eye out for, and giving advice to, the young walkers.

Things are Looking Up for the Greasy Pole Champ, Jake Wagner

Or at least I was looking up at Sunday’s Greasy Pole Champion, Jake Wagner.  I learned quickly from my vantage point just under the pole that that grease is no joke.  Thatch, Finn, and I came home covered in it.

Congratulations to all of the walkers!  There were several very close calls this afternoon! Good showing by all!

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NEW FILM: VIVA SAN PIETRO!

Salty language advisory.

Thank you to our beautiful Gloucester community for participating in Viva San Pietro! Thank you to the Greasy Pole Walkers for interviews given during the Sunday rally and especially to Nicky Avelis for help coordinating. A huge thanks to Joe DaSilva for the suggestion to listen to Mike Forgette’s music for the film’s soundtrack and for help in contacting Mike. A tremendous thank you goes to Mike Forgette for granting permission to use his song “Whats the Difference” (link to hear more of Mike Forgette Music).

Viva San Pietro! opens with Joe Novello preparing Gloucester’s Saint Peter’s Square for the formal opening ceremony, to which he is also the master of ceremonies. Highlights from Friday afternoon’s sporting events are followed by the procession of Saint Peter, the patron saint of fishermen, around the American Legion Building (Gloucester’s first City Hall), with the parade ending in a fanfare of confetti and cheers. Mayor Sefatia Romeo Thekan takes to the stage and provides some history about the origins of the Fiesta. Senator Tarr and all officials give praise to the committee for their tireless dedication. Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante and City Councilor Steven LeBlanc rally the crowd with the traditional call and response that is heard throughout the city in the coming days, and Father Jim Achadinha gives his blessing.

Saturday’s Greasy Pole competition is featured with highlights from Joe DaSilva’s winning walk. Due to foul weather, Sunday’s events take place on Monday. The Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers in their zany and colorful costumes tell of past walks and wins at the rally held at the home of Sunday Walker Joe Sanfillipo. After processing through downtown with stops along the way at the Gloucester House Restaurant, House of Mitch, and Saint Peter’s Club, the Walkers head over to Beach Court. Because Sunday’s events had been postponed to Monday and the stage broken down on schedule, the statue of Saint Peter was temporarily moved to Beach Court. After blessings and prayers, the revelers headed back to Saint Peter’s Square to board the ferry to the Greasy Pole.

The men’s seine boat competition does not disappoint, with Lock and Load taking the trophy, followed by an outstanding flag capture by Jake Wagner.

The Walkers hoist Jake upon their shoulders and carry him to the Greasy Pole Hall of Fame Wall. Then it’s back to Beach Court where the closing ceremony is held. Congratulatory speeches are given by the team captains, with much cheering and accolades for all. After the award ceremony, the statue of Saint Peter is processed through the Fort amidst much merriment, joyful singing, and “Me chi samiou tutti mutti? Viva San Pietro!,” which roughly translated means: Are you all mute? (or Why are you not shouting?)—long live Saint Peter!

You’ll see all three Greasy Pole winners Joe DaSilva, Lenny Taormina, and Jake Wagner, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, House Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante, State Senator Bruce Tarr, Sunday Greasy Pole Walker and City Councilor Steven LeBlanc, Peter Black Frontiero, Nicky Avelis, Joe Sanfilippo, Paul Nicastro, Kyle Barry, Mark Allen, Crazy Hat Ladies, sisters Robyn and Amy Clayton, and many, many more. Viva San Pietro!

GREASE-FLYING-FREE-FALLING SUNDAY GREASY POLE WALKERS WITH JOE DASILVA, JACK WAGNER, MARK ALLEN, ROSS CARLSON, KYLE BARRY, AND MORE! KIM SMITH PHOTOS

IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREASY!

Joe DaSilva Greasy Pole Gloucester  ©Kim Smith 2015

Mark Allen Greasy Pole Gloucester -5 ©Kim Smith 2015Greasy Pole Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015Ross Carlson Greasy Pole Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015Kyle Barry Greasy Pole Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015

Jake Wagner Greasy Pole Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015SEE MORE PHOTOS HERE Continue reading “GREASE-FLYING-FREE-FALLING SUNDAY GREASY POLE WALKERS WITH JOE DASILVA, JACK WAGNER, MARK ALLEN, ROSS CARLSON, KYLE BARRY, AND MORE! KIM SMITH PHOTOS”