Take a trip to Little Italy – The San Gennaro festival is in full swing! In its 91st year, the Festival, comprised of delicious food, energetic parades, live music, and special guest appearances, is a celebration of faith and Italian culture.
Originally a one-day event, The San Gennaro festival began in 1926 when Italian immigrants along Mulberry Street carried on the tradition of paying tribute to San Januarius, the Patron Saint of Naples. San Gennaro (Januarius), was the Bishop of Benevento who protected fellow Christians from persecution under the Emperor Diocletian, he became a martyr during the Great Persecution.
Today, the eleven-day festival is held every year between Canal and Houston Streets. Among the animated festivities, the Grand Procession of San Gennaro is held on Tuesday, during the saint’s feast day. The procession begins at the Church of the Most Precious Blood, where the statue of San Gennaro is then carried through the streets of Little Italy.
The Feast of San Gennaro is packed with entertainment for locals and tourists! Here are some highlights to check out before the festival ends on September 24th:
Thursday, September 21: Performances by Lala Brooks and the Crystals
Friday, September 22: Performances by Vito and the Elegants
Saturday, September 23: 2nd Annual Meatball Eating Contest @1pm Hosted by: Tony Danza
Sunday, September 24: The Annual Feast of San Gennaro Blood Drive w/ the Red Cross 11:30am – 6:30pm.
For a full list of events and directions, visit their website.Pan Am Equities, PanAm, San Gennaro, Things To Do