September 1, 2012

86th Annual Feast of San Gennaro to be Celebrated September 13-23, 2012 in NYC's Little Italy

The 86th Annual Feast of San Gennaro, Inc. will take place in Little Italy for 11 days, from Thursday, September 13 through Sunday, September 23, 2012, on the streets of historic Little Italy, the lower Manhattan neighborhood which served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants who came here seeking to improve their lives beginning in the early part of the 20th century.

Presented annually since 1996 by Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. (Children of San Gennaro), a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to keeping alive the spirit and faith of the early Italian immigrants, this year’s Feast is expected once again to attract more than one-million people from the four corners of the globe to the streets of Little Italy to participate in the annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples.

San Gennaro
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
Although this is an annual celebration of faith, the Feast of San Gennaro is known the world over for its festive atmosphere, an 11-day event featuring religious processions and colorful parades, free musical entertainment every day, a wide variety of ethnic food delicacies, charming restaurants and cafes and even a world-famous cannoli-eating competition! The central focus of the celebration takes place every September 19th, the official Saint Day when a celebratory Mass is held in Most Precious Blood Church, followed immediately by a religious procession in which the Statue of San Gennaro is carried from its permanent home in the church through the streets that comprise Little Italy.

"This Feast of San Gennaro holds a special place in the place of Italian people everywhere,” says Joseph Mattone, President of Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. "It is a festive period of faith and redemption, a time for remembrance and reconciliation, and a time for celebration. The delicious food, the free musical entertainment that reflects Italian-American culture and heritage are all there. The Feast brings the world to Little Italy and Little Italy to the world.”

Events Schedules

Thursday, September 13 (Opening Day)
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 (Wednesday, September 19) will start from the Patio entrance of the church on Mulberry Street, and the Grand Procession (Saturday, September 15) 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 15 (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

Wednesday, September 19 (Official Feast Day)
5 PM -- A Celebratory High Mass in honor of San Gennaro in Most Precious Blood Church, the National Sanctuary of San Gennaro
6 PM -- A Religious Procession in which the Statue of San Gennaro is carried through the streets of the Feast.

Sunday, September 23 (Annual Feast of San Gennaro Blood Drive)
11:30 AM – 6:30 PM - Figli 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!

For more information please visit the Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. website at