[Slovak-World] Re: Poles mistreated in New Orleans
Nice to see you've expanded beyond television. ;-)
>>> "cvargacvarga" <colinvv@...> 02/18/07 1:36 PM >>>Oh, those kind of poles. Well, that's very different.
--- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, David <humblebe@...> wrote:
> Greased poles? In Summit Hill, PA, when they had a festival they
> greased a pole. This is Saint Gabes Festival, an Italian church but
> they did grease poles. But these poles weren't Poles they were smooth
> wooden poles, like a telephone poles where they used to tie on the
> top of the pole, a bottle of whiskey, ham, carton of cigarettes, and
> some money. Now, they greased the poles from the bottom to the top of
> the pole. The gifts were an incentive to climb up and get the
> goodies. Impossible to do, without a lot of help. You would get
> volunteers to climb on the shoulders of the first guy, then another
> and another. It wasn't easy. These poles were high. In time, because
> with constant trying to climb the pole, the grease would get removed
> on the volunteers clothing. Sooner or later, they got to the top and
> shared the loot. Was this something that was done in Italy? I don't
> know, but they did it for years. They don't do it any more. Is this
> the poles they greased down there in New Orleans.? Is this a part of
> Mardi Gra celebrations? Let's hear more.
> Miner Dave
> At 10:56 AM 2/17/2007, you wrote:
> >I just heard on the radio about Poles being greased in New Orleans.
> >I think every Slovak
> >should see this as a hate crime and that it could happen to them and
> >write to the mayor of
> >that city. I know Polish people and they aren't stupid and they
> >should be treated with respect
> >just like anyone else.
> >Emily Latilla