In the autumn of 2011 the platform rigged in the harbor that supported the greasy pole was damaged first by Hurricane Irene, and then destroyed by a subsequent ‘noreaster. Roughly eighty thousand dollars was needed to reconstruct the platform. The Greasy Pole Fall Classic Fundraiser was held at Newell Stadium, and is a one time only re-creation of the annual event that is taking place this weekend. Gloucester’s St. Peter’s Fiesta is attended by tens of thousands and it is a beautiful celebration of St. Peter, the patron saint of fishermen. The Greasy Pole is a highlight of the fiesta, and just one of many religious and celebratory events.
Published by Kim Smith
Documentary filmmaker, photographer, landscape designer, author, and illustrator. Currently creating films about the Monarch Butterfly, Gloucester's Feast of St. Joseph, Saint Peter's Fiesta, and Piping Plovers. Visit my websites for more information about film and design projects at kimsmithdesigns.com and monarchbutterflyfilm.com. Author/illustrator "Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden" View all posts by Kim Smith