For many New Yorkers, fall’s arrival is officially announced not by the crunch of leaves underfoot but by the seductive aroma of grilled peppers and onions wafting from Mulberry Street. Now in its 86th year, the Feast of San Gennaro salutes the patron saint of Naples, with no shortage of celebratory activities throughout its 11 days (beginning on September 13). A highlight of the feast is the traditional Italian-American street-fair food, including cannoli, fried dough, torrone (a vanilla and almond nougat candy) and, of course, the sausage-and-pepper sandwiches. (There are even pizza- and cannoli-eating contests.) At 7pm, Gianni Russo, better known as Don Corleone’s troublemaking son-in-law, Carlo Rizzi, in The Godfather film series, will provide a cabaret-style performance for festivalgoers. The commemorative parade—featuring floats, marching bands and the statue of San Gennaro—takes place on September 15, and a celebratory mass and religious procession with the statue take place on September 19.
For more information, visit sangennaro.org