The day begins as the statue of St. Paulinus is processed into the church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel amidst singing and cheering.
The lifters and their friends and families attend the opening Mass for "Lift Sunday."
Bishop Raymond Chappetto of the Diocese of Brooklyn was the main celebrant. The homilist was Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello.
After Mass the crowds and lifters gather around the Giglio as they prepare to carry it through the streets.
And they're off! The first lift of the day. The NYPD create a moving ropeline around the Giglio to allow for it to be moved through the crowded streets.
A Capo directs the men carrying the Ship as they make their way to meet the Giglio.
The lifters strain under the weight, but bravely persevere through the day in spite of the 95-degree temperatures.
The scene at the festival.
The spectators didn't have to worry about going hungry as the events of the day went on.
The "Turk" represents the sultan who transported St. Paulinus and his fellow townspeople back to Italy. He now "pilots" the ship to meet the Giglio.
Another Capo leads the Giglio with determination towards the Ship.
And before the entrance of the church, a roar of screams from the crowds they meet.
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