The 92nd Annual Feast of San Gennaro is happening now in NYC’s historic Little Italy–the Lower Manhattan neighborhood which served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants.
The 11-day, 10-block Feast stepped off on Sept. 13 along Mulberry Street, and lovers of all things Italian are flocking to the neighborhood to experience the tastes and aromas of the old country.
“There’s truly nothing like San Gennaro,” said Brooklyn resident John Bellini, who visits the feast annually. “It’s the same, but it’s different. It’s set among a very modern time, yet it brings back the stories and flavors of the neighborhood as it was decades ago.”
Italian immigrants first ushered the tradition in to the Lower East Side in 1926. At that time, the feast was dedicated to the patron saint of Naples, St. Januarius, and first sprang up around a small chapel on Mulberry.
The former immigrant enclave has since dwindled to a few shops and restaurants, but the feast itself has expanded into a massive celebration of Italian heritage, culture, and — above all — food.
The event runs through Sept. 23.
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