Named after the patron saint of fishermen, St. Peter’s Fiesta is one of the most famous events in Gloucester. The festival was first held in 1927 by an Italian fisherman who commissioned a statue of St. Peter so that families could pray for the safe return of their loved ones who were at sea. This tradition gradually morphed into the exciting, three-day long festival that it is today. Once a simple gathering to offer one's prayers, the festival now includes a wide range of activities, one of the most notable being the greasy pole contests. In this event, participants climb a greased 200-yard pole that is placed 25 feet above the water to try and successfully obtain a flag placed at the end of the pole.
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester MA. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016 and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.