With the smell of freshly fried cannoli’s filling the air, Italian opera tunes echoing off street signs, colorful parade floats glistening with the colors red, green, and white, and more than one-million people saluting the Patron Saint of Naples you know you can only be at one place, the Annual Feast of San Gennaro in New York’s Little Italy located in lower Manhattan. While the first feast took place in 1926 in Italy in celebration of the Patron Saint of Naples the celebration has continued into the streets of little Italy. This year will be the 84th Annual Feast of San Gennaro and will be held Thursday, September 16, through Sunday, September 26, 2010.
This celebration first started in 1996 by Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. (Children of San Gennaro), which is a non-profit community organization dedicated to upholding Italian immigrants faith and spirit. While the Feast of San Gennaro is an 11 day celebration of faith that is not to say that there isn’t a variety of things to do. 35 restaurants feature indoor and outdoor dining through out little Italy while 300 street vendor sell international cuisines and souvenirs. Whether you participate in one of the religious processions, ride a float in the parade,listen to the musical entertainment, pig out of the variety of ethnic foods or become a contestant in the world famous cannoli-eating competition you sure won’t be bored at the Feast of San Gennaro. For a complete event schedule click here.