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About Kimsmithdesigns

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"

Prayers to Dominic Nicastro and Family

 

catherine-dominic-nicastro-saint-peters-fiesta-copyright-kim-smithCathy and Dominic Nicastro Saint Peter’s Fiesta 2015

Gloucester Times

By Ray Lamont

The man who for years was St. Peter’s guardian and played a central role in St. Peter’s Fiesta has passed away.

Dominic Nicastro Sr., 66, who went to work as a commercial fisherman right after graduating from Gloucester High School, died early Thursday morning at the Golden Living Center after a lengthy illness.

For decades, Nicastro played a central role in Fiesta’s salute to the patron saint of fishermen, first as one of the carriers of the St. Peter’s statue and then, from 2000 through 2015, as its primary guardian, said Joe Novello, head of St. Peter’s Fiesta Committee. Nicastro was the statue’s fifth guardian in the festival’s 89-year history, handing over the duties to Joe Orlando in 2015.

“He was a genuine man, just a very good guy,” said Novello of Nicastro on Thursday. “He was a very proud man, but he was very respected as a leader.”

Novello recalled that Nicastro eventually bought his own lobster boat, then later worked as a diesel mechanic with the Cape Ann Transportation Authority. But his heart, he said, was always with Fiesta.

“He so loved St. Peter,” said Sara Favazza, 86, whose father, Capt. Salvatore Favazza, commissioned the statue in 1927 and is among the founders of Fiesta.

Nicastroserved for years as president of the St. Peter’s Club, and played a role in organizing Fiesta’s sporting events. He regularly joined his wife Catherine in attending each night of the nine-day Novena to St. Peter, Novello recalled.

“He was do dedicated, I never saw such a dedicated man,” added Favazza, who is Catherine Nicastro’s cousin. “Even with all the (health issues) he had, he kept going. He took care of St. Peter. He was very very meticulous. After my father, I’d say he was the best guardian we ever had. My father would have been so proud of him to have seen him as guardian.”

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Adventures of the Crazy Hat Ladies!

Fiesta Hat ladies copyright Kim SmithThe Crazy Hat Ladies write, “The Crazy Hat Ladies of Fiesta have been invited to the largest folk festival in the US in Lowell, Massachusetts over the weekend of July 29th and 30th. This is our 2nd time being invited to come and share our love for the St. Peter’s Fiesta and our love for our community. We will be representing Gloucester and with our hats with people from all over. We will have our hats and a photo display of the history of St. Peter’s Fiesta.. We will also proudly distribute Gloucester Visitor guides to promote our beautiful city. We hope you can make it to this cultural event that has lots of music, cultural cuisine and entertainment and of course…”

THE CRAZY HAT LADIES OF FIESTA

SAINT PETER'S FIESTA 2016 PROCESSION Bruce Tarr Amy Robyn Clayton fiesta hat ladies copyright Kim Smith

Gloucester’s Spectacular July 3rd Fireworks!

The view from the Beauport Hotel restaurant looking towards Stage Fort Park. Happy 4th of July!Gloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -9 copyright Kim SmithGloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -12 copyright Kim SmithGloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -11 copyright Kim SmithGloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -7 copyright Kim SmithGloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -5 copyright Kim Smith

 

Red, White, and Blue Grand Finale

I thought the fireworks this fourth extra stupendous. If you agree, the Gloucester Fireworks Committee is looking for donations, small and large, for the fireworks display during Schooner Festival over Labor Day Weekend. If you haven’t already contributed, they would appreciate your help. You can donate by clicking here or sending a check to:

The Gloucester Fund
45 Middle Street
Gloucester, MA  01930

Please make the notation on your check “Fireworks.”

A few more

Gloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 copyright Kim SmithSpectators along the Boulevard

Ali D’Angelo Sunday’s Walk

Greasy Pole Sunday Walker Ali D’Angelo touches the flag during Sunday’s courtesy round.

Ali D'Angelo 2016 Sunday Greasy Pole courtesy round -3 St. Peter's Fiesta copyright Kim Smith

 

Lovers of Saint Peters Fiesta Don’t Miss this Film Footage of Fiesta Parades of Yesteryear

St. Peter’s Fiesta Parades of Yesteryear

So many thanks to Grace Parisi for sharing these clips that her Dad Anthony J. Parisi took from the 1950s and early 60s. It is amazing to see the beautiful floats and costumes, and the amount of work that surely must have gone into making the floats.

Grace writes, “Various clips of the parade from 1955 to 1960’s (?). This is an old film and a bit long but I hope you enjoy. The work that went into these floats absolutely wonderful. Maybe you will see yourself or a friend on a float, marching or riding a donkey. Thank you to my Dad, Anthony J. Parisi, for taking most of this video.”

Sant Peter’s Fiesta Carnival Photos

st-peter-fiesta-gloucester-city-hall-carnival-copyright-kim-smithPhotos from Thursday evening after the 5k race when the light and clouds were simply exquisite. Anyone else feeling the post-Fiesta blues? 

St Peter Fiesta Gloucester Carnival Patriot Nation copyright Kim SmithPatriot Nation

St Peter Fiesta Gloucester Carnival copyright Kim SmithSt Peter Fiesta Gloucester Carnival -4 copyright Kim SmithSt Peter Fiesta Gloucester Carnival -3 copyright Kim SmithYou’ll-Never-See-Me-On-This-Ride

After filming the 5k and the rides, I walked over to Pavilion Beach and caught a Seine boat practicing by the Greasy Pole in the very Fitz Henry Lane-like luminous atmosphere. It’s all captured on film and am fortunate that the one evening that I could film at the carnival, the twilight could not have been prettier. Viva!

St Peter Fiesta Gloucester sunset twilight Pavillion Beach copyright Kim Smith

Saint Peter’s Fiesta Parade Photo Album

A picture perfect day for the Saint Peter’s Fiesta mass at Saint Peter’s Square and procession through the city. Viva!SAINT PETER'S FIESTA 2016 GLOUCESTER PROCESSION St. Ann's Church copyright Kim Smith

SAINT PETER'S FIESTA 2016 GLOUCESTER PROCESSION Kathy Numerosi Nativity float -2 copyright Kim SmithSAINT PETER'S FIESTA 2016 PROCESSION Bruce Tarr Amy Robyn Clayton fiesta hat ladies copyright Kim Smith

SAINT PETER'S FIESTA 2016 PROCESSION Joe Novello granddaughters copyright Kim SmithSAINT PETER'S FIESTA 2016 PROCESSION Chris Pantano copyright Kim SmithSAINT PETER'S FIESTA 2016 GLOUCESTER PROCESSION Baloons copyright Kim Smith SAINT PETER'S FIESTA 2016 PROCESSION Juni VanDyke Lucia Sheehan copyright Kim SmithSAINT PETER'S FIESTA 2016 GLOUCESTER PROCESSION Kathy Numerosi Rodary children copyright Kim SmithSAINT PETER'S FIESTA 2016 PROCESSION Angela San filippo  copyright Kim SmithOur Lady of Grace Saint Peters Fiesta Gloucester copyright Kim Smith 

Thank you to Bruce Nicastro for kindly allowing photographs and filming from his front steps