Thursday, September 12
2 to 3 PM – 12th 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.
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.
There will be two Processions, each featuring the Statue of San Gennaro. Each one will begin at Most Precious Blood Church -- The Religious Procession (Thursday, September 19) will start from the Patio entrance of the church on Mulberry Street, and the Grand Procession (Saturday, September 14) 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 14
2 PM - A colorful parade with floats, marching bands, musical entertainers and the Statue of San Gennaro through the streets of Little Italy. The Grand Marshals will be former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and Mrs. Matilda Cuomo.
The Hon. Mario Cuomo and Matilda Cuomo
Thursday, 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. Soprano Cristina Fontanelli will perform the Ava Maria from the Altar.
7 PM -- A Religious Procession in which the
Statue of San Gennaro is carried through
the streets of the Feast.
Sunday, September 22
(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.