Heft before Hizzoner! DeBlasio helps hoist giglio feast statue

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Mayor DeBlasio attended Williamsburg’s annual procession of the statue of the Lady of Mount Carmel on Sunday, and, though he made a show of lending a hand in lifting the massive icon, he didn’t exactly put his back into it.

DeBlasio gritted his teeth and marched with the dozens of other men carrying the 80-feet-tall, 3-ton statue, and while he had a palm on it, he did not appear to actually shoulder the load it himself.

DeBlasio is planning to soak in even more Italian culture when he and the family leave on July 18 for a 10-day vacation in that country, where his mother’s parents hail from.

Williamsburg’s Italian community has held the giglio feast, a tradition from the old country, every year since 1903.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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