Life in Focus

Greasy Pole



Costume Jewelry, underwater, days after the annual St. Peter’s Fiesta in Gloucester MA. The greasy pole sits in ~ 10-20 feet of water inside the Gloucester Harbor. A wooden platform about 8 feet above the water, with a telephone pole jutting out horizontally. During the festival contestants run (mostly fall) down the very heavily greased pole in an attempt to grab an Italian flag at the end, elaborate costumes have become part of the practice.


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