FEAST OF SAN GENNARO 2012 in Little Italy in New York City

San Gennaro

San Gennaro (Photo credit: nme421)

Attend the 86th ANNUAL FEAST OF SAN GENNARO in New York

WHEN: SEPTEMBER 13-23, 2012

WHERE: Little Italy in Lower Manhattan New York

The 86th Annual Feast of San Gennaro  will take place in Little Italy in New York City for 11 days, from Thursday, September 13 through Sunday, September 23, 2012. San Gennaro is the  Patron Saint of Naples.Visit the streets of historic Little Italy in Lower Manhattan; this neighborhood served as the first home in America for Italian immigrants.

San Gennaro 2009

San Gennaro 2009 (Photo credit: Shawn M. Smith)

The 85th Annual Feast of San Gennaro is New York City’s longest-running, biggest and most revered religious outdoor festival in the United States. The Festival is presented annually 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.

Guglia di San Gennaro

Guglia di San Gennaro (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Street vendors at the Feast of San Gennaro in ...

Street vendors at the Feast of San Gennaro in Manhattan’s Little Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although this is an annual celebration of faith, the Feast of San Gennaro is known the world over for its festive atmosphere. The 11-day event features religious processions and colorful parades, free musical entertainment and a wide variety of ethnic food delicacies. You can enjoy the charming restaurants and cafes and the world-famous cannoli-eating competition!

Cannoli - The Feast of San Gennaro, New York C...

Cannoli – The Feast of San Gennaro, New York City’s longest-running, biggest and most revered religious outdoor festival in the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The central focus of the celebration takes place every September 19th, the official Saint Day. There is a celebratory Mass that is held in the Most Precious Blood Church, followed by a religious procession whereby 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.”

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Italy Travel Guides @ http://www.vino-con-vista.com

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