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The Feast of San Gennaro Returns to NYC’s Little Italy

Feast of San Gennaro

ZEALnyc, September 13, 2018

For the 92nd 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’s a much-anticipated event that allows all New Yorkers and visitors alike to celebrate all things Italian.

Feast of San Gennaro

Chazz Palminteri at the 2016 Grand Procession.

The 11-day event runs from Thursday, September 13 through Sunday, September 23, and is expected to attract more than one-million people. Each day there are various events scheduled, from the Grand Procession on Saturday, September 15 which features floats and marching bands (Vic DiBitetto 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 14 there is the Annual Cannoli Eating Competition at 2:00pm; and then on Saturday, September 22 there will be the Third Annual Meatball Eating Contest starting at 1:00pm.

The Feast of San Gennaro

Tony Danza helping with a wedding proposal at a previous 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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