Thursday, September 11
4 - 5 PM - "9/11 Remembrance Ceremony"
A Musical Tribute with Patrick Hale and Theresa Sareo on the FIAT Performance Stage at corner of Grand and Mott Streets
6 to 7 PM - Blessing of the Stands
Parish Priests from Most Precious Blood Church will walk through the streets of the Feast blessing all the restaurants, cafes, shops and vendors so that they will all have a successful Feast.
Friday, September 12
2 to 3 PM – 13th Annual Cannoli Eating Competition
The Fiat Performance Stage at the northwest corner of Grand and Mott Streets will be the site of this eating competition, sanctioned by The International Federation of Competitive Eaters, to determine who can eat the most cannoli within a given six-minute period? The winner will be recognized as The World’s Champion Cannoli Eater. Trophies will be awarded to the 2nd and 3rd Place finishers.
There will be two Processions, each featuring the Statue of San Gennaro. Each one will begin at Most Precious Blood Church -- The Religious Procession (Friday, September 19) will start from the Patio entrance of the church on Mulberry Street, and the Grand Procession (Saturday, September 13) will begin at the Baxter Street entrance to the church. Both Processions will proceed north on Mulberry to Houston, then move south on Mott to Grand, where they will turn right on Grand to Baxter Street.
The Parades are scheduled as follows:
Saturday, September 13
2 PM - A colorful parade with floats, marching bands, musical entertainers and the Statue of San Gennaro through the streets of Little Italy. This year's Grand Marshal is New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Friday, September 19
(Official Feast Day)
6 PM -- A Celebratory High Mass in honor of San Gennaro in Most Precious Blood Church, the National Sanctuary of San Gennaro.
7 PM -- A Religious Procession in which the
Statue of San Gennaro is carried through
the streets of the Feast.
Saturday, Sept 20, at 3:00 PM
Ferrara's will unveil the world's largest cannoli (approximately 12 feet long and more than 300 pounds), in a gala ceremony in front of its cafe on Grand Street between Mulberry and Mott Sts. Ceremony to include performances by Cristina Fontanelli and Johnny Mandolin. Following the unveiling, Ferrara's will distribute free cannoli to everyone attending the ceremony. The cream filling in the gigantic cannoli will be donated to organizations that feed the homeless.
Sunday, September 21
(Annual Feast of San Gennaro Blood Drive)
11:30 AM – 6:30 PM - Figli di San Gennaro and The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral
Co-Sponsor The Annual Feast of San Gennaro Blood Drive
at St. Patrick's Basilica Youth Center, 268 Mulberry Street,
(between Houston and Prince Streets)
Sign up early! Call 1-800-Red Cross or visit www.redcrossblood.org
To Schedule a Donation Time!
Caffe Palermo will provide free cannoli to all blood donors at the Youth Center.Also, the Italian American Museum in Little Italy will give Free Admission to anyone presenting a Donor Card after donating at the blood drive.