September 8, 2022

Feast of San Gennaro is Back!


You don't have to be Catholic to enjoy this celebration of the patron saint of Naples, Italy, who was martyred in 305 AD. But you do have to love Italians and their food...and who doesn't? Neapolitans first settled on Mulberry Street in what would become New York's Little Italy at the turn of the century. New Yorkers of Italian descent have been organizing this block party to end all block parties since 1926, to pay homage not only to San Gennaro, but their cultures and traditions as well. 

From Thursday, September 15 through Sunday, September 25, head to Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston Streets to chow down on sausage and peppers, zeppoles (those delectable balls of sugar-dusted fried dough), cannolis, pizza and more. 

For those with iron stomachs, there are food competitions, like a pizza eating contest on September 23 at 1 p.m. Or a meatball eating contest two days later at 1 p.m.. And on September 16th, the 24th annual cannoli eating contest, featuring sweets from the best of the best, Ferrara Bakery, at 1 p.m. is a festival highlight.

Entertainment mostly starts at 6:30 p.m., but there are special musical programs, like a vocal tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, on September 25 at 2 p.m. An Enrico Caruso opera night starts at 4 p.m. on the 20th.

Mangia, people!

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