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The Annual San Gennaro Feast marks the end of the summer and the beginning of my favorite season, fall. This popular feast takes place in Little Italy (Lower Manhattan) for approximately 11 days. This year New Yorkers, especially Italians and Italians descendants, will be part of these festivities from September 12th to this Sunday the 22nd.
This feast is celebrated in honor of San Gennaro, the Patron Saint of Naples. The first Feast took place back in 1926 when newly Italian immigrants arrived to NYC and settle in what’s now known as Little Italy (along Mulberry Street). The tradition continued throughout the years and this week they are celebrating its 87th anniversary.
Although this feast is actually a religious celebration and the goal is to gather people and celebrate faith and redemption. Tons of New Yorkers -and out of town visitors- come here to have a good time and enjoy Italian food, desserts, pastries and much more.
So if you are in New York during this week, go to the feast and enjoy of delicious pasta with a glass of wine, or maybe a brick oven pizza; try a grilled and fresh made Italian sausage; drink a beer or a pina colada at one of the outdoor bars; play a game and win a stuffed animal; or go for something unique and get some fried pickles and fried Oreos! I’m sure if you go with the family or group of friends, you will have an awesome time!