New Film: Buona Fiesta!

Our beautiful Gloucester community is the inspiration for Buona Fiesta! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who appears in the film. I love it when you see me and smile and wave—it just adds another layer of fun to the film! 

Buona Fiesta! begins with the opening of the Friday night ceremony at Saint Peter’s Square. The statue of Saint Peter, the patron saint of fishermen, is processed around the American Legion Building (Gloucester’s first City Hall), with the parade ending in a fanfare of confetti and cheers at Saint Peter’s Square. Joe Novello is the host for the formal opening ceremony of the 2014 Saint Peter’s Fiesta.

Highlights from the Friday and Saturday Greasy Pole events are followed by the Sunday morning Mass and the procession through the city streets to Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, and then back to Saint Peter’s Square. Tradition has the rallying Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers joining the feast well underway at the Giambanco childhood home, before heading over to the Gloucester House Restaurant and Saint Peter’s Club for liquid encouragement. Highlights from Sunday’s Greasy Pole are followed by the midnight closing ceremony. Saint Peter and followers process around the Fort and are greeted with more confetti and a beautiful fireworks display over the water. As Saint Peter is safely tucked back into the window at the Saint Peter’s Club, all wish him good night with cheers of Viva San Pedro…until next year’s Buona Fiesta!

You’ll see all three Greasy Pole winners take their flags, Mark Allen, Kyle Barry, and Jack Russ; the Giambanco sisters, Sefatia, Rosaria, Marianne, and Grace, who provide a Saint Peter’s Feast for the entire community; House Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante, State Senator Bruce Tarr, Mayor Kirk, Melissa Cox; Oar’Dacious teammates and sisters, Janelle Sleepy Pallazola Puopolo, Leanne Pallazola, and Jamie Pallazola; Salvi Benson’s final Greasy Pole Walk; Nicky Avelis; Steven Le Blanc almost capture the flag; Crazy Hat Ladies, sisters Robyn and Amy Clayton; and many, many more.

A request for feedback: Is the film’s content relatively self-explanatory, or are more subtitles and commentary needed? Please, if you have a minute, let me know what you think in the comment section. Thank you for watching!

Next year I am going to just have to figure out how to film the Seine Boat Races, too, which happen further down the beach. I need two camera set-ups!!

Thank you to all who work so hard to make Saint Peter’s Fiesta a wonderful and positive event to be shared by all in the community. With thanks and gratitude to the Giambanco sisters Rosaria, Marianne, Sefatia, and Grace for inviting me to film the feast and rally at their home. With thanks and gratitude to Nicky Avelis and the Greasy Pole Walkers for permitting me to film on the boat ride to the Greasy Pole. With thanks and appreciation to Nina and Frank Groppo for the invitation to join them on the beautiful midnight procession and fireworks through the Fort.

Buona Fiesta! is dedicated to Carlo Sleepy Pallazola, John Wagner, Dominic Nicastro, Salvi Benson, and Peter Black Frontiero.


“The Walker” by Fitz and The Tantrums
“Love Runs Out” by OneRepublic
“Best Day of My Life” by American Authors
“A Sky Full of Stars” by Cold Play

8 thoughts on “New Film: Buona Fiesta!

  1. Philip Nicastro

    Great job Kim, your work is outstanding……I would love to get involved with something like that……….I am currently doing some work for Cape Ann TV as the Announcer for GHS sports teams……SO MUCH FUN!!!!

    1. Kim Smith

      Thanks so much for saying so Philip. Did we meet at a Cape Ann TV lunch and learn? I have to stop in to CATV and make copies to air for Lisa and hope to run into you there.

      1. Beverly

        Thanks Kim for posting!! I enjoyed the joy, celebration and excitement of the Fiesta from the Jersey Shore! You did an excellent job of capturing the entire event.

    1. nina

      Thank you Kim for sharing your wonderful videos!!! We are so blessed to have this very Special celebration and tradition shared by so many people each year !!!! A big thank you to all who work so hard to make it happen every year!!! blessings to all and… “Viva San Pietro” !!!!!!! 🙂

  2. Marion Frost

    You captured it all,Kim! The essence with its joyful,noisy,colorful,fun-filled scenes! I felt that I was there in the midst of the crowd.I loved all of the ritual and the chanting of Sefatia and the crowd. Great of the Greasy Pole- before,during and after! I don’t think it could have been better! Congratulations on a superb film!


    1. Kim Smith

      Thank you Mim–means much that you felt that–especially, especially knowing that you grew up in Gloucester. Very much looking forward to meeting you!!


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