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Feast of San Gennaro to honor first responders

The Feast of San Gennaro is coming back. The “Feast of All Feasts” will kick off Thurs., Sept. 16, and run through Sun., Sept. 26.

The multiblock, multiday Mulberry Street Little Italy festival celebrates the life of San Gennaro of Naples, a bishop of Benevento, Italy, who was martyred in 305 A.D.

(Courtesy Feast of San Gennaro)
(Courtesy Feast of San Gennaro)
(Courtesy Feast of San Gennaro)

The highpoint is the grand procession as the statue of the saint, accompanied by brass bands, wends along Mulberry Street.

The festival also features lots of fun and food, from singers channeling Sinatra and Caruso to contestants scarfing down cannoli, zeppole, pizza and meatballs in eating competitions.

(Courtesy Feast of San Gennaro)
(Courtesy Feast of San Gennaro)
(Courtesy Feast of San Gennaro)

This year San Gennaro is honoring first responders. The event’s grand marshal is Daniel Nigro, the Fire Department commissioner. Honorary grand marshals are Edward Grayson, John Scrivani and Dermot Shea, the respective commissioners of the Sanitation, Emergency Management and Police departments.

Melanie DeCrescento is the queen of the festival.

For more information, see the Web site sangennaronyc.org.

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