The general public celebration of St. Peter’s Fiesta might be cancelled for 2021.
As headlines proceed to unfold the information of the COVID-19 surges in each the USA and abroad, the St. Peter’s Fiesta Committee needed to make the decision to cancel this 12 months’s festivities due to the uncertainty and the potential well being threat.
However the novena – the nine-day prayer service –will happen nearly once more this 12 months due to the efforts of the group of girls who lead this effort annually. The St. Peter’s Fiesta Committee will make particulars generally known as the novena organizers’ effort evolves within the coming weeks.
“We need to hold everybody secure and we don’t need to add to the issue,” stated St. Peter’s Fiesta Committee President Joe Novello. “It wasn’t a straightforward choice however we imagine it was the one and proper choice. We nonetheless must be affected person.”
One other ingredient to be thought-about was the numerous preparations that happen months previous to the occasion.
“The uncertainty and the unfold of the virus continues right now. The virtually day by day headlines present growing numbers and the excessive threat of transmission stays. And there’s no occasion, whether or not the opening ceremony, the novena, the seine boat races or the greasy pole — that wouldn’t have fewer than 100 folks,” stated Anthony Cusumano, a member of the St. Peter’s Fiesta Committee.
Over the course of the five-day Fiesta, Cusumano famous that there are tens of 1000’s of people that go to town.
“We don’t know the place the persons are coming from or the place have they been, and there’s no option to do wellness checks at an occasion like this,” he added.
The Fiesta committee wished to alert residents to the truth that within the close to future, there might be routine upkeep work carried out on the greasy pole platform in Gloucester Harbor. However that’s not an indication of an occasion that can occur this 12 months.
“The committee will get collectively off season to do routine upkeep, whether or not for the road decorations or the seine boats, and the subsequent challenge was the greasy pole platform,” Novello stated.
Regardless that the general public celebration didn’t happen final 12 months as would be the case this 12 months, Novello stated the custom was stored alive amongst many native households.
“For lots of those households, Fiesta has at all times been part of their lives, and lots of held their very own household gatherings in their very own residence to commemorate the feast of St. Peter,” Novello stated . “And by way of the novena, folks will have the ability to participate once more this 12 months from the protection of their very own properties.”