Fans of “The Godfather” already know that the award-winning movie is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Voted among the best Hollywood films of all time, the popular flick sports one of the best casts to ever hit a screen and a story line set in Little Italy.
To celebrate, Little Italy is holding a “birthday party,” this coming weekend, Sat., Aug. 13, and Sun., Aug. 14.
Many of the shots in the movie came from iconic locations in Little Italy, including the phone booth where the late James Caan made a fateful call.
To mark the occassion, the Little Italy Merchants Association will be offering a free tour of “Godfather”-connected sites in Little Italy on both days at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The tours start from Grand and Mulberry Streets.
All the area’s restaurants will be dishing up something delicious with “Godfather” themed-specials just for the weekend.
There will be a guest appearance from a cast member — LIMA is keeping it under wraps — and some folks guests dressed up to help give period flavor of the neighborhood when the fictional Corleones ruthlessly ruled the streets.
There will be live music, plus a dance floor, too.
And, LIMA recommends one more thing — wear a hat. “How else can you tip something pretty that catches your eye?” the association’s press release asks. Hats will be availalbe in many colors.
And, of course, there will be sweet cannoli to top everything off. To quote from the Francis Ford Coppola classic, “Take the cannoli. Leave everything — but take the cannoli.”
It is 2:21 p.m. today, Sunday, August 14, waiting with a bunch of people for somebody to guide us in this tour and nobody shows.