Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Feast of San Gennaro

Feast of San Gennaro (Down Mulberry Street, between Houston and Canal)
Traditionally held in Little Italy (with equivalent celebrations near Arthur Avenue), the Feast of San Gennaro is NYC's biggest (and oldest street festival.) Held every year in mid-September, the festival features a huge number of carnie and food booths - places to win a stuffed toy for your sweetie - or stuff your face full of zeppole (whichever holds the highest priority on your list.) Okay, the food is no great shakes - just your standard sausage and pepper, zeppole, cannoli and raw clam options, as well as the obligatory Arepa booths (hey, what's up with that? That ain't Italian...!) So don't go there expecting any chowhound epiphanies. But it's fun to walk through once or twice, and larger than you'd expect, given the shrinkage of Little Italy in the face of Chinatown year by year. So have fun, pretend to be a tourist...and then get out while you still can - 'cause the crowds get really annoying, really quick...!

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