Festivals are an event on Cape Ann and one of the largest festivals in coming up from June 26 through June 30.
St. Peter’s Fiesta
The 2019 St. Peter’s Fiesta or Fiesta in Gloucester is a 5 day event takes place June 26 through June 30. Find out more about it at St. Peter’s Fiesta.org
This 5-day annual festival is in honor of St. Peter, the patron saint of all fisherman. St. Peter’s was Jesus’ first follower and is considered the first pope of the Catholic Church. So, what is the significant of the Greasy Pole?
The Greasy Pole
This is probably one of the biggest events and draws for visitors and residents during Fiesta and the most sacred test of all is known as ‘The Greasy Pole.’ The pole sits idle most of the time on a 4-story platform on 40 feet of wood piling a few hundred yards off Pavilion Beach. It is totem to the glory it has brought and to the people it has broken. On the Friday of St. Peter’s Fiesta, the contest begins with a courtesy round-everyone is allowed to participant in the event that wishes–not allowed to capture the flag at the end of this very greasy 45-foot telephone hanging over the water. This is not a content for the faint of heart and expect some injuries through this 3 day event during Fiesta. A must see for visitors.
More about Fiesta
Fiesta is more than just ‘The Greasy Pole.’ It’s a religous feast that starts nine days before the festival with a daily novena to St. Peter, the patron saint of the fisherman. The women would pray for the safe return of the fishermen and to bless them with a good fishing trip. The women also pray for peace, the sick, and anyone in need. Once the festival begins, there is the blessing of the fleet, an outdoor Mass on Sunday followed by the final day of th men’s and women’s Seine boat races followed by the Greasy Pole. There are also a Kid’s pie/watermelon eating contest and other games.
Where to Stay
Go and explore what Cape Ann has to offer this summer- The beach blog of Cape Ann is coming!