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Launching the Ardelle in Essex MA

Something I’ve never seen, nor have many alive today: the launching of a Pinky Schooner. Harold Burnham and crew built the wooden ship Ardelle over the last several months and today she floats. See the launch …

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My favorite parade …

Gloucester MA’s Horribles Parade. Usually the night before the 4th, followed by fireworks. Doesn’ get more patriotic than this.

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Fireworks Schedules on the North Shore


Firework & Parade Schedules, North Shore MA

Fireworks Schedules

Locally, many communities on the North Shore schedule their fireworks and parades on July 3, 2011.  Did I just say parade?  Always a fabulous prelude to the fireworks, many of our local communities have Horribles Parades as well. What is a “Horribles Parade” you may ask? Well, it is pretty much a parade for the people by the people!!! It is usually humorous, the more unsophisticated the better, opinionated and features homemade floats and costumes. Those parade schedules are below as well.

July 3, Sunday

Gloucester – Horribles Parade starts @ High School 6PM  Fireworks over Harbor 9:30

Danvers – Fireworks Festival Plains Park 7PM (rides, music, kids games) Fireworks 9:30ish

Swampscott  & Lynn – Fireworks Kings Beach @dusk (rain date July 5)

July 4, Monday

Beverly FarmsHorribles Parade Hale St., starts @ Oak St.8AM  Fireworks West Beach @dusk

Marblehead – Horribles Parade 10AM  Waterfront Festival all day Fireworks 9PM

Rockport – Firemans Parade starts @ High School 6PM Band concert & bonfire 8PM Back Beach

Manchester -by- the Sea –  Independence Day Parade starts @ High School 9AM

Salem – Derby Wharf Kids Space 4PM, Music 5PM, Fireworks 9:15PM

Enjoy your Fireworks Schedule on the North Shore!


Greasy Pole at Fiesta

We caught some video Saturday afternoon: Gloucester’s unique Greasy Pole contest.

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St. Peters Fiesta Schedule, Gloucester MA

St. Peters Fiesta in Gloucester MA is an iconic tradition centered on faith, family and fishing. The Fiesta is based on the faith of the fisherman in asking the patron saint of fisherman (from the Catholic tradition), St. Peter, to keep them safe in the upcoming year, gratitude for the past year of fishing and solomn recognition of any fisherman 

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A Procession from St. Peters Fiesta

(and his family) who lost his life at sea. Although now well known for the athletic events associated with this three day celebration, especially the greasy pole, the most profound part of St. Peters Fiesta is the solomn tradition of processions and the open air mass on Sunday morning.  Most people mark their calendar to attend the greasy pole events but 10 AM Sunday mass in St. Peters Park is the most moving event of the entire Fiesta in my opinion.

Read about the history of St. Peters Fiesta in Gloucester MA, get a taste of the live action at GoodMorningGloucester and visit the “Fiesta Carnival/Greasy Pole Competitions” via a live cam.

St. Peter’s Fiesta Schedule 2011

Wednesday, June 22

7:00–10:00 p.m.  Musical Entertainment….
St. Peter’s Park: “Forever Legends” featuring “Sinatra & Friends”

Thursday, June 23

6:30 p.m……       Fiesta 5K Road Race with Cape Ann YMCA – Starting
at St. Peter’s Square

8:00–11:30…      Youth Block Dance…..D.J. Sam Santuccio …. St. Peter’s Park

Friday, June 24

4:45 p.m…….      Greasy Pole Contest…and…Women’s  Seine Boat Races
Pavilion Beach

6:30 p.m…….      Entertainment….Before Opening Ceremonies

7:30 p.m. ……     Formal Opening ….St. Peter’s Square
Entertainment immediately following to 11:30 p.m….
Music by Seabreeze

Saturday, june 25

9:30 a.m……      Youth & Adult Soccer Games…. Newell Stadium

10:00 a.m…….     Pavilion Beach…Military Seine Boat Race:
U.S. Coast Guard vs U.S. Navy
Gloucester Fire Department vs Gloucester Police Department

2:30 p.m.……     Championship Series - Youth Basketball Tournament….
Fort Playground

(Rain Date Sunday, June 26)
3:00 p.m……      Children’s Games…. Beach Court

4:45 p.m……      Sports Events… Pavilion Beach – 
Seine Boat Races..&
..Greasy Pole

8:00–11:30 pm. Musical Entertainment…St. Peter’s Square….
Aaron Caruso with Musicians, Vocalist
And  Comedian.

Sunday, June 26

10:00 a.m……      Celebration of MASS OF ST. PETER….. at St. Peter’s Park

12:00 noon…..    Procession following the Celebration of Outdoor Mass

3:00 p.m……      Blessing of the Fleet… Stacy Boulevard.

3:00 p.m… …   Concert….United States Navy Band Northeast…St. Peter’s Park

4:45 p.m……     Sports Event at Pavilion Beach – Seine Boat Races &
Greasy Pole Contest

6:00 p.m……      Concert…..St. Alfio’s Band (One Hour)  St. Peter’s Park

6:30 p.m……      Children’s  Pinata Contest –  Pascucci Court

7:15 p.m…….     Awards Ceremony – Trophies awarded to winners of the 2011 Sports Events

8:30 p.m……      Musical Entertainment –  St. Peter’s Park – featuring Gianni Faraone w/ Ray Cavichio and his mini Big band

11:00 p.m……      Raffle Drawings and Closing Procession

Novena to St. Peter
Monday, June 13 – Tuesday, June 21
7:00 p.m.
American Legion Hall
St. Peter’s Park Gloucester, MA


Start locally. Perhaps Gloucester?

Friday is Earth Day and there’s lots going on this weekend including free concerts on Boston Common and at the Cape Ann Brewery here in Gloucester. Saturday many of us will be meeting at Stage Fort Park to help clean up the litter that has accumulated over the winter. (Some “blown” some littered on purpose. Don’t get me started!) Starting at 9AM or so you can show up, pick up trash bags and then pick up trash. I’ll be grabbing bags and going back to my own neighborhood near the high school. Check out GoodMorningGloucester for more info on these events. Hope to see you there!

Sea smoke

No, it’s not something you light up. It’s like fog on the harbor but not nearly as “lofty”. Take a look at the video.

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Gloucester Fisherman starts race …

Today saw the running of the first annual 7 mile Run Gloucester! road race. Over 1000 runners were expected including some with world class stature. Organizer Dave McGillivray of DMSE Sports is well known for staging well run events (pun intended!). Saucony, Gloucester Times, Dunkin Donuts and others sponsored and proceeds go to Gloucester Fisherman Athletic Association.

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Horribles rule …

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We love Independence Day and our horribles parade here in Gloucester MA. Every 3rd of July starting early in the morning people are setting up the concert stage on the Boulevard, getting the hot dogs and balloons ready putting the last minute touches on the floats and staking out their territory for good parade seats along the route. Read More→

Chocolate Oreo Ice Cream …

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Patty’s folks started the tradition when she was a little kid: making peach ice cream from scratch on or about the 4th of July. 4 or 5 years ago, we went looking for “the gear”. Google helped us find the White Mountain Ice Cream Freezer, complete with electric motor. So about $300 later (the motor was more half the cost but worth it) we were ready, or so we thought. One of the key, and I mean KEY ingredients is rock salt. Yup. Rock salt. Read More→