Out-of-towners and locals are getting psyched for the Feast of San Gennaro 2018, and for good reason: the annual event includes touristy spots in Little Italy that are actually good. Eat at some of the best Italian restaurants in the city, watch colorful parades, catch free concerts and check out family-friendly activities like bouncy houses, crafting and games. And, of course, don't miss the world-famous cannoli eating competition.
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What is the Feast of San Gennaro?
Although the Feast of San Gennaro is a celebration of faith (folks tip their hats to the Patron Saint of Naples, Italy) the festive atmosphere, delicious food and colorful processions are what it’s known for. For 11 days, Little Italy is transformed into a red, white and green bash with special guests, live music and a cannoli eating contest.
When is the Feast of San Gennaro?
The Feast of San Gennaro begins Thursday, September 13, 2018 and lasts through Sunday, September 23, 2018.
Where is the Feast of San Gennaro?
The Feast of San Gennaro is located along Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston Streets. The festival stage is located on the corner of Grand and Motts Sts and features live entertainment starting at 7:30pm each night.
When is the cannoli-eating contest?
Brave contestants square off with mountains of Caffe Palermo cannoli on Friday, September 14 at 2pm.
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The Feast of San Gennaro kicks off in Little Italy tomorrow!
Craving cannoli? You’re in luck! The Feast of San Gennaro, Little Italy’s annual and epic street fair, kicks off on Thursday, September 14. Now in its 91st year, the 11-day salute to the patron saint of Naples is expected to draw in more than one million people. Apart from the traditional faith and religious processions, many folks pile in for one of the best things about Italian culture: the grub. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Feast of San Gennaro 2017 Beyond all the delicious food vendors selling their lip-smacking delicacies, there are plenty of awesome activities (i.e. the famous cannoli-eating competition) and performances happening all week. That's why we’ve included the full schedule for this year’s festival below, so you won't miss a single glorious moment. Enjoy! Thursday, September 14Johnny Mandolin at 5-7pm. Blessing of the Stands at 6pm. Free Pass at 7:30pm. Friday, September 15Annual Cannoli Eating Competition at 2pm. To sign up, call 212-764-6330. Saturday, September 16The Grand Procession at 2pm with Chazz Palminteri as Grand Marshal. Special Guests: Gondola, Cathedral H.S. All Girls Marching Band, The Giglio Band, Red Mike Festival Band, Xavier Marching Band and The Statue of San Gennaro. Live Radio Broadcast on WCBS FM Hosted by Joe Causi at 7-10pm. Sunday, September 17Special guest performance by Gianni Russo. Monday, September 18Opera Night at 7pm. Tuesday, September 19Solemn High Mass Celebrating the Patron Saint of Naples at 6pm at Shrine Church of