of San Gennaro takes place on Mulberry between Canal and Houston;
and Grand and Hester between Mott and Baxter. This festival has always been a favorite of yours truly as well as of so many other New Yorkers.
Annual Feast of San Gennaro, Food, games, rides, concessions,
entertainment, parade, and religious procession at this well-loved
festival in Little Italy. Indoor and outdoor dining at 35 of Little
Italy's most famous Italian restaurants. More than 300 licensed
street vendors selling international foods, and souvenirs.
The street festivities – including parades, entertainment,
food stands and a cannoli-eating contest – are capped on September
19th with a celebratory Mass and candlelit procession as the Statue
of the Saint is carried from its permanent home in Most Precious
Blood Church on Mulberry Street.
Thursday, September 13
- 2:00 to 3:00 pm
11th Annual Cannoli Eating Competition
Taking place at the northwest corner of Grand and Mott Streets is this annual competition of food eating competitors as put forth by the IFC (International Federation of Competitive Eaters).
Winner of this contest will get the Championship Belt plus 2nd and 3rd place contestants will receive trophies as well.
- 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Blessing of the Stands
Paris Priests from Most Precious Blood Church will bless the surrounding shops, vendors, cafes, restaurants and more as they walk through the streets of the festival locale.
Both processions listed below proceed north on Mulberry towards Houston and from there they move south on Mott towards Grand where they turn right on Grand towards Baxter Street.
Saturday, September 15
- (Grand Procession)
2:00 PM - A colorful parade with floats, marching bands, musical entertainers and the Statue of San Gennaro through the streets of Little Italy.
The Grand Marshals, who will be riding on floats, will be: the legendary singer CONNIE FRANCIS, NYS Comptroller THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI, and TV personality TONI SENECAL, host of "Toni On New York" (seen Saturdays at 7 PM on WLNY-TV and Sundays at 5:30 AM on WCBS-TV).
Honored guests, also riding on floats, will be noted soprano CRISTINA FONTANELLI and TV news correspondent DEBRA ALFARONE.
Wednesday, September 19
(Official Feast Day)
- 5:00 PM -- A Celebratory High Mass in honor of San Gennaro in Most Precious Blood Church, the National Sanctuary of San Gennaro
- 6:00 PM -- A Religious Procession in which the
Statue of San Gennaro is carried through
the streets of the Feast.
Sunday, September 23
(Annual Feast of San Gennaro Blood Drive)
- 11:30 AM – 6:30 PM - Figli di San Gennaro and The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral
Co-Sponsor The Annual Feast of San Gennaro Blood Drive
at St. Patrick's Basilica Youth Center, 268 Mulberry Street,
(between Houston and Prince Streets)