Well, it’s underway again – the Feast of San Gennaro in New York City, one of the world’s largest outdoor religious festivals. The 86th Annual Feast takes place in Little Italy through Sunday, September 23 on the streets of Little Italy in lower Manhattan.
The Figli Di San Gennaro is meant to celebrate the Patron Saint of Naples. A religious procession will take place next Wednesday (September 19th, my birthday!), during which the San Gennaro statue will be carried from its permanent home in the Most Precious Blood Church through the streets.
But let’s not kid ourselves. It’s really about the food.
Are you planning to go? Because we’ve been multiple times, and would like to share five tips for attending the San Gennaro Feast:
1. Don’t Go on a Full Stomach.
Obviously, you’re going there to eat. Last year, our family’s total consumption included:
Six fried ravioli
One rice ball
One slice bruschetta
One sausage and peppers sandwich
One deep-fried Oreo
One corn dog
One order of French fries
Three small cannolis
…and six zeppole
But NO pasta, interestingly enough!