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San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy
September 12 - September 22
It’s the oldest and most popular holiday for Italian American. During 10 days, San Gennaro, the saint patron of Naples is widely celebrated around the country especially in New York in the neighborhood of Little Italy with a festival from September 12-22, 2019 (here’s a link for more information).
What you can you do during this festival: eat from the various food stands and restaurants in Little Italy, listen to music, try your luck at one of the many Carnival games and taste some delicious specialties including: tiramisu, gelato (ice cream), Zeppole (fried batter with sugar), Mostaccioli Riepeni (Italian cookie with fruits and nuts), Torrone (Italian candy with honey, sugar and eggs white), Pork Braciole (minced pork meat with garlic, cheese, pepper and oregano), fried Oreos, sausages and barbecued pepper.
The festival stretches along Mulberry Street between Canal Street (south) and Houston Street (north). It takes place from east to west on Grand Street between Baxter and Mott Streets, and from East and West on Hester Street between Mott and Baxter Streets.
Expect a bigger crowd on weekends and nighttime. The best tip is to go on weekdays especially if you’re travelling with children, it easier to navigate in the narrow streets and use a stroller if necessary.