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Little Italy The Highlights
Little Italy is a neighborhood in lower Manhattan, once known for its large population of Italian Americans. Today the neighborhood consists of only a few Italian stores and restaurants. It is bounded on the west by Tribeca and Soho, on the south by Chinatown, on the east by the Bowery and Lower East Side, and on the north by Nolita. Little Italy is famous for The Feast of San Gennaro which was originally only a one-day religious commemoration. It began in September 1926 with the new arrival of immigrants from Naples. The Italian immigrants congregated along Mulberry Street to celebrate San Gennaro as the Patron Saint of Naples. The Feast of San Gennaro is a large street fair, lasting 11 days, that takes place every September along Mulberry Street between Houston and Canal Streets.
The festival is an annual celebration of Italian culture and the Italian-American community. Although this is an annual celebration of faith, the Feast of San Gennaro is known the world over for its festive atmosphere, religious processions and colorful parades, free musical entertainment every day, a wide variety of ethnic food delicacies, charming restaurants and cafes and even a world-famous cannoli-eating competition. Remember, Little Italy isn't just a San Gennaro Festival in September, it's year-round. You may not be able to win that stuffed animal, but you can still sure stuff yourself! A coal brick oven pizza...a hearty glass of Chianti...a zeppole...a cannoli...you'll find it all in New York City's Little Italy! Your double decker bus tour can drop you off right near Little Italy so check it out!
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