Thousands attend annual Feast of the Giglio in Williamsburg

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The 130th annual Feast of the Giglio was held in Williamsburg Sunday.

The tradition is more than 100 years in the making, and Sunday marked the highlight of the 12-day event. Around 100 men carried the five-story-tall tribute to San Paolina through the streets of Williamsburg.

Some families have participated in the event for decades.

"It's my heritage. The roots go back to Naples, Italy and it's just important to me," said Alex Emmolo, a Giglio lifter.

Thousands were in attendance to see the hand-made tower featuring Saint Paolina's statue, and a 12-piece brass band played on a platform being carried through the neighborhood.

Italian-themed souvenirs, food, masses and traditional music were featured at the event.

The festival runs through July 16.

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