Buoys on netted fishing shack at Beauport Hotel Gloucester

The History of St. Peter's Fiesta

Boats on the sea near Beauport Hotel Gloucester

St. Peter’s Fiesta, typically held in June, is a celebration of the Gloucester's commercial fishing and faith that has grown to become a city-wide party. The celebration offers parades of statues, icons through the streets, Seine boat races, the blessing of the city’s commercial fishing fleet, Masses, nine evenings of prayer, a carnival and, most notably, the greasy pole contest. The festival is sponsored by the Italian-American community in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

​Although the celebration may be postponed until next year, we can still take a look back and gain insight into the history of this beloved 5 day festival with an informative video, located below.