Gloucester’s 91st Annual Greasy Pole Contest Brings Epic Wipeouts

The annual Italian fisherman tradition in Massachusetts brings major falls, spills.

Gloucester’s Greasy Pole tradition began in 1927 as a way for fisherman to celebrate a successful year at sea.

Ninety-one years later, the tradition still lives on in this Italian-American fishing community. People boldly test their balance by sprinting along a greased up pole with the goal of seizing an Italian flag at its end.

The 2018 contest took place Friday, June 29 through Sunday, July 1, with winners crowned on each day. Continue reading at

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