I first moved to Gloucester in 2000, it was a cultural shock at first. Coming from a busy urban city to a suburb took getting used to. My husband introduced me to all the local attractions including this somewhat novel attraction. During the Festival of St. Peter “The Patron St. of Fishermen” huge crowds gather on Pavilion Beach in the old Italian neighborhood to witness traditional sporting events, boat races with crews competing in boats named for the ships of Columbus fleet.
The main attraction in this 90 year old festival takes place 200 hundred feet from the shore. A 45 foot telephone poll is attached to a platform extending over, the water a red flag is nailed to a stick at the end of this poll, which is then covered in heavy grease, then one by one contestants take there turns trying to make, it across the poll to capture the flag. Men enjoy dressing in drag and women also give it a try, as for me my feet stay in the sand.