Parish still finds a way to celebrate annual celebration of Our Lady Mount Carmel in Williamsburg
The 133rd celebration of the Feast of Our Lady Mount Carmel in Williamsburg looks a little different this year, but the parish still found a way to celebrate.
"Today just goes to show us that even in the pandemic they’re celebrating something,” said Monsignor Jaime Gigantiello.
It’s an annual celebration and a generational July tradition, celebrated by friends, family, and parishioners. The Giglio feast leads up to the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast Day on July 16.
However, like much of 2020, due to the pandemic, this year is different. Last Sunday, the Giglio would have been lifted and danced through the streets of Brooklyn, while a band played on top of a 72-foot tall structure, topped with a statue of San Paolino.
Instead, the parish celebrated virtually, showing past celebrations. On Thursday, it was celebrated with a Mass and procession through the streets.
"We’re going to take her out to the people that can’t come out, or in this case the people that are afraid to come out of their house,” said band member Joe Peluso.
A float carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary with baby Jesus paraded through the streets of Williamsburg, while a smaller than usual masked crowd followed.
People watched from apartments and sidewalks.
"We know next year they'll be back,” said Monsignor Gigantiello.