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The day begins as the statue of St. Paulinus is processed into the church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel amidst singing and cheering.
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The lifters and their friends and families attend the opening Mass for "Lift Sunday."
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Bishop Raymond Chappetto of the Diocese of Brooklyn was the main celebrant. The homilist was Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello.
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After Mass the crowds and lifters gather around the Giglio as they prepare to carry it through the streets.
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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.
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A Capo directs the men carrying the Ship as they make their way to meet the Giglio.
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The lifters strain under the weight, but bravely persevere through the day in spite of the 95-degree temperatures.
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The scene at the festival.
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The spectators didn't have to worry about going hungry as the events of the day went on.
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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.
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Another Capo leads the Giglio with determination towards the Ship.
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And before the entrance of the church, a roar of screams from the crowds they meet.