For years, Pascal Gangi has been tirelessly promoting his Sicilian hometown’s traditions in the Boston area. Known for the large floats he builds with his A Little Taste of Sicily organization, the Revere resident recently received a special honorary medal from the city of Sciacca, where he spent over a month last winter perfecting his float-making skills in preparation of the Carnevale.
“I cannot thank you enough for the great passion you show for our Festa,” wrote the city’s head of cultural affairs, Salvatore Monte, in an official note to Gangi. “Your contagious love for the Carnevale di Sciacca has allowed our beloved feast to come to the United States.”
The Wentworth Institute of Technology graduate is currently working on a new “Carnevale Project,” aimed at bringing a new series of floats to Boston during 2016. Previous artwork by Gangi and A Little Taste of Sicily was featured at the East Boston Columbus Day Parade in 2010, 2012 and 2014; the Revere and North End Columbus Day parade in 2013, and 2015; Wakefield Fourth of July parade in 2010 and 2011, and at the North End Fisherman’s Feast from 2012-2015.
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