The San Gennaro Festival, held each year in New York City’s Little Italy neighborhood, is a reminder for the city that there were those who left everything behind to immigrate and start anew here in America. Little Italy, known for being epicenter of early Italian American culture has brought to the streets good food, attraction for the kids, contests, and a parade to celebrate Italian heritage.
BTR went down to check out two events. First the Cannoli Eating Contest, which gave contestants six minutes to see how many delicious cheese filled pastries they could devour. After that, BTR also stuck around to check out the procession of the San Gennaro statue as well as other members who made this community event possible.
Cannoli Eating Contest
Photos by Lauren Hawker. For more photos and in higher resolution, check out the BTR Today Flickr Set. Be warned, some of them are not for those with weak stomachs!
San Gennaro Grand Procession
Photos by Timothy Dillon. For more photos and in higher resolution, check out the BTR Today Flickr Set.