September 22, 2017

Evviva San Gennaro! A Look at the 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro in NYC's Historic Little Italy

Evviva San Gennaro!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Despite the threat of bad weather large numbers of worshipers made their way to Most Precious Blood Church in New York City’s historic Little Italy for Tuesday’s 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro (Sept. 19th). I wish to thank Msgr. Donald Sakano, Pastor, and all the parish staff and congregation for your warmth and hospitality. Special thanks to John A. Fratta, Ernest Magliato and all the members of the Figli di San Gennaro for your hard work and making the celebration a huge success. Three cheers for the Giglio Boys, the St. Rocco Society of Potenza, the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George and individual devotees who helped carry the saint through the bustling streets of Little Italy. As always, it was an honor and a priviledge to celebrate our faith and culture with you. Evviva San Gennaro!
(Above & below) Before Mass, the crucifer and acolytes led the procession of clergy down Baxter Street into Most Precious Blood Church
The rollicking Red Mike Festival Band played
many of our 
favorite patriotic and Neapolitan songs 
The sanctuary and bye-altar with statue of San Gennaro
After Mass, devotees venerate the relic of San Gennaro
Ernest Magliano and John A. Fratta
Our pals John and Sal
It was a tremendous honor to carry our beloved patron again
The procession turns off Canal Street onto bustling Mulberry Street
(L) The Red Mike Festival Band. (R) The outdoor shrine to San Gennaro
On Mulberry Street, members of the US Navy helped carry San Gennaro
(Above & below) Devotees pin donations on to the statue
Foundry markings on the base of the statue
Street lights with images of San Gennaro line Mulberry Street
After the procession, we joined our friends Annamaria and Salvator Argenio, visiting from Napoli, for some cocktails and laughs at Sapori d'Italia