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September 12th to September 22nd  In Manhattan’s Little Italy; The 87th annual Feast of San Gennaro
Live musical entertainment, street food, “Al fresco dining” and the place to get hard to find kitchen gadgetry, pasta machines and espresso making machines from the Napoletana to the Moka and all the way to pod machines. Dion will be Grand Marshal of the Grand Procession on Saturday, September 14, at 2 PM.  As the most popular rock and roll performers of the Pre-British Invasion era, he’s had more than a bakers dozen top hits between the late 1950’s and early 60’s. Dion is best remembered for the singles: Runaround Sue and The Wanderer.


September 12th to September 22nd, 2013 – Little Italy, NYC – The 87th Annual Feast of San Gennaro runs for 11 days, from Thursday, September 12 through Sunday, September 22, 2013, on the streets of Little Italy. The event features live musical entertainment ranging from Italian folk songs and opera, to rock ‘n roll and to old standards, book signings and food and cooking demonstrations.

The event attracts more than onemillion people from all corners of the world to participate in the annual feast to honor San Gennaro the patron Saint of Naples, Italy. The street food is amazing and as always you can experience one of the thirty plus local Restaurants right here in Little Italy, where for the duration of the event the whole street is a huge “Al Fresco” dining where street food and the iconic Restaurants bring it to the streets.

If you’re coming to spend the day, you could do a bit of sightseeing and lunch at the many “Al Fresco” Restaurants throughout the City and enjoy the feast and dine or sample some of the street food in the evening. New York City has the best “Al fresco dining” spots in America ranging from rooftop dining to dining on terraces, patios and gardens.

“A celebration of the Patron Saint of Naples, Campania, Italy!”

Thursday, September 12th (Opening Day)

2 to 3 PM – 12th Annual Cannoli Eating Competition

The Performance Stage at the northwest corner of Grand and Mott Streets will be the site of this eating competition, sanctioned by The International Federation of Competitive Eaters, to determine who can eat the most cannoli within a given six-minute period? The winner will be recognized as The World’s Champion Cannoli Eater. Trophies will be awarded to the 2nd and 3rd Place finishers.

6 to 7 PM – Blessing of the Stands

Parish Priests from Most Precious Blood Church will walk through the streets of the Feast blessing all the restaurants, cafes, shops and vendors so that they will all have a successful Feast.


There will be two Processions, each featuring the Statue of San Gennaro. Each one will begin at Most Precious Blood Church — The Religious Procession (Thursday, September 19) will start from the Patio entrance of the church on Mulberry Street, and the Grand Procession (Saturday, September 14) will begin at the Baxter Street entrance to the church. Both Processions will proceed north on Mulberry to Houston, then move south on Mott to Grand, where they will turn right on Grand to Baxter Street.

The Parades are scheduled as follows:

Saturday, September 14
(Grand Procession)
2 PM – A colorful parade with floats, marching bands, musical entertainers and the Statue of San Gennaro through the streets of Little Italy. The Grand Marshall will be the legendary Bronx-born singer/songwriter DION, a performer of extraordinary versatility and resonance who, in the heydays of the 50’s, helped define rock ‘n’ roll for a generation of music lovers.

Thursday, September 19
(Official Feast Day)
6 PM — A Celebratory High Mass in honor of San Gennaro in Most Precious Blood Church, the National Sanctuary of San Gennaro

7 PM — A Religious Procession in which the
Statue of San Gennaro is carried through
the streets of the Feast.

Sunday, September 22
(Annual Feast of San Gennaro Blood Drive)
11:30 AM – 6:30 PMFigli 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)

Sign up early! Call 1-800-Red Cross or visit
To Schedule a Donation Time!

Presented by Figli di San Gennaro Inc., a not-for-profit charitable organization that distributes its financial support to children, parochial schools, the elderly, the needy and parishes of the Archdiocese of New York.
VISIT: The Official site of the Feast of San Gennaro, for additional information.

Thousands of people assemble in Naples, Italy to witness the Miracle of San Gennaro

Bishop Crescenzio Sepe

Saint Januarius is famous for the reputed miracle of the annual liquefaction of his blood, which, according to legend, was saved by a woman called Eusebia just after the saint’s death.

Thousands of people assemble in the Naples to witness this event at the Cathedral three times a year:
on September 19 (Saint Januarius day, to commemorate his martyrdom),
on December 16 (to celebrate his patronage of both Naples and of the archdiocese), and
on the Saturday before the first Sunday of May (to commemorate the reunification of his relics).
The veneration of the Saints was and still is one of the strongest rings of the chain that represents the faith of Christian’s. San Gennaro (Saint Januarius) at 15 became local priest of his parish in Benevento, which at the time was relatively pagan and when Januarius was 20 became Bishop of Naples.






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Source: Feast of San Gennaro by Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. All photos are © WINEDINEGUIDE – Magazine

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