The Grand Procession in honor of Saint Agrippina was an 8-hour affair held on Sunday, August 5, 2012 through the streets of the North End. This “Part 1″ photo gallery captures the first half of the day, when the sun was beaming. It was a very humid day that eventually led to some more interesting weather. You’ll have to wait until Part 2 to see what happens with the procession and finale as the rain comes and the sun goes down.
Saint Agrippina Di Mineo was a beautiful blond princess who was unmercifully tortured to death by the Emperor Valerian in 256 AD. After her death, her body was taken from Rome to Mineo, Sicily, by three holy women; Bassa, Paula and Agatonica. In the North End, it’s 20 men that coordinate in a complex rhythm to keep the extremely heavy statue in the air.
More from the Saint Agrippina Feast:
- Video from opening night and unveiling of Saint Agrippina
- “Color Me Badd” Heats Up the Crowd at Saint Agrippina Feast 2012 [Photos]
Photos by Matt Conti. Download high resolution versions of these photographs for free and order prints/products here: http://smu.gs/NjxmBv