Get ready for one of NYC’s largest annual festival, and one of its most tasty events. The 90th annual Feast of San Gennaro takes over Little Italy and parts of Chinatown for ten days starting tonight, with music and dancing, games, cooking demonstrations, and an endless supply of great food. Local celebrities also are in abundance, including the one and only Bruce Morrow, better known as Cousin Brucie.
What most of us call the San Gennaro Festival features
More than 200 vendors include some of the neighborhood’s most famous restaurants serving up everything from sausage and peppers and pizza to zeppoles and gelato.
There is FREE music entertainment every night from 7PM to 9:30PM, more FREE free music and/or food demonstrations and lectures every afternoon between 2PM and 5PM on the Festival State at the corner of Grand and Mott Streets, plus live radio broadcasts by WCBS 101.1 FM Radio, hosted by Joe Cause, and by Cousin Brucie on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
What started as a one-day event to honor the patron saint of Naples, the San Gennaro Festival now includes carnival games and rides and other kid-friendly activities, a world-famous cannoli-eating competition, and an ongoing schedule of free music performances that range from opera to Doo Wop.
In addition to the food and fun, this is a religious celebration, centered around Sept. 19th, the official Saint Day, with a celebratory Mass at Most Precious Blood Church and a religious procession through the streets. This year’s Grand Marshal is popular TV, film and Broadway actor Tony Danza.
See the full daily event schedule here.
The San Gennaro Festival is centered on Mullberry Street, but spills over onto Grand and Mott. Mangia!