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Celebrate All Things Italian at San Gennaro

ZEALnyc, September 12, 2017

For the 91st time the Feast of San Gennaro, a faith-based celebration honoring the Patron Saint of Naples, Italy, takes place in the neighborhood of Manhattan affectionately known as “Little Italy” (Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston Streets; the festival stage is located on the corner of Grand and Mott Streets). It is a much-anticipated event that allows all New Yorkers and visitors to celebrate all things Italian.

Chazz Palminteri at the 2016 Grand Procession.

The 11-day event runs from Thursday, September 14 through Sunday, September 24, and is expected to attract more than one-million people. Each day there are various events scheduled, from the Grand Procession on Saturday, September 16 which features floats and marching bands (Chazz Palminteri is this year’s Grand Marshal), as well as free music and entertainment nightly. Two major eating competitions will be taking place: first on Friday, September 15 there is the Annual Cannoli Eating Competition at 2:00pm; and then on Saturday, September 23 there will be the Second Annual Meatball Eating Contest, hosted by Tony Danza, starting at 1:00pm.

Tony Danza helping with a wedding proposal at last year’s Feast of San Gennaro.

Aside from all the secular festivities that take place, there are religious events scheduled throughout, and the feast also serves as a major philanthropic event, raising funds for various organizations and charities throughout the year. So go stroll the streets of Little Italy, celebrate Italian heritage, play a game of chance, hear some music, and eat a cannoli—capisce?

For more information go to the official website.


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