It's San Gennaro Time!

Posted by Robert DeFalco on Thursday, September 10th, 2015 at 1:00pm.

gennaro procession It's opening day!! We’re not talking about the #NFL, though. Instead (or should we say, at the same time) we’re anxious for the first day of the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy! The 89th year of this event will run from September 10 to September 20, giving you plenty of time and opportunity to take in the culture, the environment, and (our favorite part) the food and drinks!! Hundreds of thousands of Italians made the lower Manhattan neighborhood their new home in the early 20th century.  Each had a dream to improve their lives in America and in turn create a bright future for their descendants. The annual Feast of San Gennaro celebrates that determination, and honors the Patron Saint of Naples. gennaro The Feast of San Gennaro officially kicks off with a Grand Procession on September 12. The parade and entertainment begins at 2 PM from the corner of Mulberry and Canal Streets, moving north on Mulberry to Houston Street. This year’s Grand Marshall is Tony Danza. In the midst of the feast, on September 19, Saints Day will be acknowledged with a mass at Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood. Following this, the Statue of San Gennaro is carried through the streets of Little Italy. While the origins of the events are in faith, the atmosphere is far from conservative! During the 11-day festival, expect bright colors, music that moves you, and food and drinks that fill you, including the world-famous cannoli-eating contest! Ask the local about the best spots to discover, or plan your visit to the Feast of San Gennaro with the event’s website, “The Feast brings the world to Little Italy and Little Italy to the world.” -  Joseph Mattone, President of Figli di San Gennaro, Inc.
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