What to do in New York: NYC Events like the Feast of San Gennaro Offer a Glimpse into the Rich Culture of Italy.
The 87th Annual Feast of San Gennaro takes place from September 12th to the 22nd, in 2013, and you'll definitely want to experience NYC Events like this at least once.
Although this is an annual celebration of faith, the Feast of San Gennaro is known the world over for its festive atmosphere, and is a widely-anticipated New York Event featuring entertainment and fun of all kinds. Religious processions, colorful parades, free musical entertainment, a variety of ethnic food delicacies, charming restaurants and cafes, and even a world-famous cannoli-eating competition are part of the excitement of the Feast of San Gennaro.
The focus of the annual event is a celebration that takes place each year on September 19th, the official Saint Day when a Mass is held in Most Precious Blood Church. The Mass is followed immediately by a religious procession in which the Statue of San Gennaro is carried from its permanent home in the church, through the streets that comprise Little Italy.
Little Italy bustles all year round—and the excitement hits its peak at the Annual Feast of San Gennaro, a salute to the patron saint of Naples. Banners and lights adorn the streets, and the crowds pack every block. Join the revelers for 11 days of parades, entertainment, Italian food and even a cannoli-eating contest.
The streets of historic Little Italy sit in a lower Manhattan neighborhood, which served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants who hoped to improve their lives beginning in the early part of the 20th century.
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Presented annually since 1996 by Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. (Children of San Gennaro), a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to keeping alive the spirit and faith of the early Italian immigrants, the Feast of San Gennaro attracts more than 1 million people each year. New York Visitors come from all over the globe to congregate in the streets of Little Italy, and participate in the annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples.
Joseph Mattone, President of Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. says the Feast is “a festive period of faith and redemption, a time for remembrance and reconciliation, and a time for celebration. The delicious food, the free musical entertainment that reflects Italian-American culture and heritage are all there. The Feast brings the world to Little Italy and Little Italy to the world.”
The Feast runs along Mulberry Street, between Canal Street to the south and Houston Street to the north. Festivities also run down Grand Street, between Mott and Baxter Street, and east to west on Hester Street between Mott and Baxter Streets.
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