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Little Italy's Annual Feast of San Gennaro Announces Final Weekend Events

September 15, 2014 - by CG News Desk

The 88th Annual Feast of San Gennaro, New York City’s longest-running religious outdoor festival takes place Thursday, September 11 through Sunday, September 21, 2014, on the streets of lower Manhattan's historic Little Italy.


UPDATE: Here is the schedule of events for the final weekend of the Feast:

Friday, Sept. 19 (Official Feast Day)

6pm: Concelebrated Mass in honor of San Gennaro in Most Precious Blood Church, the National Shrine of San Gennaro, 113 Baxter Street (between Canal & Hester Sts.) 7pm: Religious Procession with Statue of San Gennaro through streets of Little Italy. The Procession will start from the front of the church (113 Baxter Street).           

On FIAT Performance Stage

1:00 – 2:00pm: EXPERIENCE SICILY WITH ALLISON SCOLA AND VILLA PALAGONIA: Multifaceted guitarist Joe Ravo and multi-instrumentalist and singer Allison Scola in a delightful presentation featuring their eclectic acoustic pop and traditional Sicilian folk songs. 6:30pm: TRE BELLA Concert with Italian Folk Songs. 7:30 – 9:00pm: Concert by JIMMY ALLEVA

Saturday, Sept. 20
3:00pm: Unveiling of world’s largest cannoli (12-feet wide and weighing 300+ pounds) in front of Ferrara’s Café (Grand St between Mott &Mulberry). Soprano Cristina Fontanelli & Red Mike Festival Band to perform.     

On FIAT Performance Stage
7:00 – 10:00pm  Live Broadcast (Sirius Satellite Radio) with host Cousin Brucie

Sunday, Sept 21 (Annual Feast of San Gennaro Blood Drive)
11:30 AM – 6:30pm - 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 St. All donors will receive free cannoli, courtesy of Caffe Palermo after giving blood.    

On FIAT Performance Stage
3:00-4:00pm: Concert by TEO. 6:00- 9:00pm: Concert by JENNA ESPOSITO and Band

Feast of San Gennaro in NYC's Little Italy

The Feast will begin on September 11 with the annual Blessing of the Stands at 6 PM when Rev. Romano Almagno, the new Administrator of Most Precious Blood Church, the National Sanctuary of San Gennaro, and Fr. Fabian Grifone, Pastor Emeritus, will lead a group of priests in a Procession through the streets blessing vendors and restaurant, café and boutique owners.

Dignitaries and celebrities — including David Mazouz (Gotham), Miss Italia New York (Nadia Manginelli) and the 2009 Miss Italia USA (Christina Marraccini) will lead the Grand Procession on Saturday, September 13, at 2pm, which also features floats, a rolling gondola, the Giglio Band, the Cathedral High School All Girls Marching Band, and the Red Mike Festival Band (which has performed at every Feast since 1927). For opera lovers, the 15th Annual Enrico Caruso Opera Night takes place Thursday, September 18. And for those who love eating competitions, the 13th Annual Feast Cannoli Eating Competition, sponsored by Ferrara Bakery and sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eaters, will take place on the stage on Friday, September 13, at 2pm The annual Pizza Eating Contest will also take place on the stage on Tuesday, September 16, at 3pm.

Feast of San Gennaro in NYC's Little Italy

On the Official Feast Day — Friday, September 19 — there will be a Concelebrated Mass in honor of San Gennaro at 6 PM in Most Precious Blood Church followed by a Religious Procession with the Statue of San Gennaro at 7pm. The annual Feast of San Gennaro Blood Drive will be held on Sunday, September 21, from 11:30 AM to 6:30 PM in the Youth Center of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral at 268 Mulberry Street. All donors will be given free cannoli courtesy of Mulberry Street’s famed Caffe Palermo.

Musical entertainers include Gianni Russo, Jenna Esposito, Vito and The Elegants, Teo, Tre Bella, Jimmy Aleva, Johnny Mandolin, Just Friends, The Emotions, The Classics, Nostalgia, Marco Pisano, Rocco Mesito, Francesca Cavalieri, and a special musical presentation, "Experience Sicily with Allison Scola and Villa Patagonia," a performance by singer Allison Scola and multifaceted guitarist Joe Ravo, on Friday, September 19 at 1pm. It's a  presentation about Sicily featuring their original eclectic acoustic pop and traditional Sicilian folk songs.

Feast of San Gennaro

Ferrara's Bakery will attempt to set a world record by creating the biggest cannoli ever made. It will be unveiled to the public on Saturday, September 20, at 3pm in front of Ferrara's on Grand Street between Mott and Mulberry Streets.

For more information, call 212-768-9320 or visit www.sangennaro.org.

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