Annual Italian tradition Dance of the Giglio brings generations together

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An annual Italian-Catholic tradition brought crowds to witness a ceremony that’s more than 100 years old.

The Giglio Lift was held on Sunday at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, an event that brings together generations of Italians.

A long-lasting tradition of this feast day is the annual Giglio Lift – or The Dance of the Giglio.

The Giglio is a seven-story tower made of aluminum, papier-mâché and plastic, which is painted and decorated with Gigli flowers and the image of St. Paulinus.

Organizers say 112 men lift the tower, while dancing and marching with each lift.

The tradition was brought to Brooklyn by the Nolan immigrants in the early 1900s.

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