Friday, August 3, 2012 was opening night for the Feast of Saint Agrippina di Mineo on Hanover Street in the North End. The statue was unveiled and processed down to the Greenway before returning to her weekend chapel.
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. One carrier said it was 1600 pounds, although it may have just felt that way.
This video shows the unveiling of Saint Agrippina and the short procession with some celebrating, dancing and remembering along the way.
See the Saint Agrippina Feast schedule.