Long known as one of New York’s most beloved immigrant heritage events—and featured in all three Godfather flicks—the Feast of San Gennaro is expected once again to attract more than one-million people from the four corners of the globe to the streets of Little Italy to participate in the annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples.
Although this is an annual celebration of faith, the Feast of San Gennaro is known the world over for its festive atmosphere, an 11-day event featuring religious processions and colorful parades, free musical entertainment every day, a wide variety of ethnic food delicacies, charming restaurants and cafes and even a world-famous cannoli-eating competition! The central focus of the celebration takes place every September 19th, the official Saint Day when a celebratory Mass is held in Most Precious Blood Church, 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.
“This Feast of San Gennaro holds a special place in the place of Italian people everywhere,” says Joseph Mattone, President of Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. “It 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.”
For more information, visit sangennaro.org.
|FREE ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE
|Thursday, Sept. 16
7:30–8:00 PM: Vinny Vella (“The Sopranos”) and Johnny T, performing doo wop;
8:15-9:00 PM: Cexton Records recording artist Johnny Mandolin performing songs from his new CD LA VOCE MIA;
9:00-10:00 PM: Opera and Jazz singer Marie Anello, and a special performance by Ernie Rossi of his new song “Fa L’Amore Con Te”.
Friday, Sept. 17
Saturday, Sept. 18
Sunday, Sept. 19
Monday, Sept. 20
Tuesday, Sept. 21
Wednesday, Sept. 22
John Carelli, Emily Ross Johnson, Karen King
Thursday, Sept. 23
Friday, Sept. 24
Saturday, Sept. 25
Sunday, Sept. 26