New York City's biggest, most famous and longest running religious festival - The 92nd Annual Feast of San Gennaro, Inc. – will take place in Little Italy for 11 days starting Thursday, September 13 and continuing through Sunday, September 23, 2018. The Feast is presented by Figli di San Gennaro (Children of San Gennaro), a not-for-profit community organization which has produced and operated the Feast since 1996.
The beloved Feast of San Gennaro is an annual celebration of the Patron Saint of Naples. The first Feast in New York City took place on September 19, 1926 when newly arrived immigrants from Naples settled along Mulberry Street in the Little Italy section of New York City and 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.
Since then, the Feast has grown from a one day street festival to a gala 11-day event. On September 19 during each Feast, a Religious Procession, including the Statue of San Gennaro, winds along the length of Mulberry and Mott Streets, between Canal and Houston Streets. The procession begins immediately following a Celebratory Mass held at the Most Precious Blood Church on Mulberry Street, the National Shrine of San Gennaro.
The Feast of San Gennaro opens every day at 11:30 AM and closes at 11PM Sundays through Thursday's and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
Mulberry Street, Little Italy NYC