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Only In Print: Different at This Year’s OLMC Feast: A New Boat

The new version of La Barca took two months to construct. Mark Mascioli and his fellow volunteers worked weekends building not just the boat but the Giglio. (Photo: Paula Katinas)

WILLIAMSBURG — The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is filled with wonderful traditions dating back more than a century — like the lifting of the Giglio — but one of the eye-catching things to see this year is brand new.

The new version of La Barca (Italian for “The Boat”) is made of wood, measures 10 feet by 10 feet, and is smaller than the previous one.  In fact, size and weight were …

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