With the cry 'Sotto' (under) - one hundred well-muscled Italian-Americans hoisted a four-ton, seventy-foot-high tower...?
With the cry 'Sotto' (under) - one hundred well-muscled Italian-Americans hoisted a four-ton, seventy-foot-high tower... and the street Festival of St. Anthony was on.
It happened on Labor Day, September 3, on the upper East side of Manhattan in New York City... between tenements festooned with streamers and draped with American flags. Several thousand persons jammed East 108th street.... lined with stands vending sausage, peppers, onions, zepole... for the holiday festival.
The tower, made in Italy of papier-mache and wood... of pale blue and gilt decorated with the statues of saints and topped by a plaster angel. A little band played at its base... while spectators performed the twist and other dances in the street.
By the end of the day, a five-foot-tall statue of St. Anthony on the street was covered with 10, 5 and 1 dollar bills - contributions from festival participants. The festival was scheduled to end Tuesday night, September 4, with a candlelight parade to the home of Nicholas Caiano, who owns the statue.