This annual Feast is one of New York City’s largest and longest running festivals, attracting more than one-million people from around the world each year to take part in the religious processions, colorful parades, free musical entertainment, and a wide variety of authentic Italian cuisine. The Feast has ultimately grown from a one-day street festival to a 11-day event.
The first Feast in New York City took place on Sept. 19, 1926, when newly-arrived immigrants from Naples settled in what is now known as New York City’s Little Italy neighborhood. Residents have decided to continue the tradition they had followed in Italy to celebrate the day in 305 A.D. when Saint Gennaro was martyred for the faith.
More information about this year’s events can be found at www.sangennaro.org.