The Greasy Pole at Saint Peter's Fiesta in Gloucester, Massachusetts

Every summer since 1927, the Italian fishing community of Gloucester, Massachusetts celebrates Saint Peter with a festival that is equal parts deeply religious and overtly joyous, marking the passage of both a year of protection at sea and the survival of that same year.

Harkening back to traditions belonging to their forefathers, Gloucester's Italian-American community incorporated the boisterous tradition of the Greasy Pole into more pious aspects of St. Peter's...

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