YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Feast of San Gennaro returned last month, shutting down Commerce Street for five days as thousands of local residents and out-of-town visitors enjoyed fun, games, adult beverages and some of the finest Italian food around.
The festival kicked off Wednesday, Sept. 13, with a ceremonial procession featuring one of the original statues of Saint Gennaro, the patron saint of Naples, that was carried through the streets of Little Italy for the first feasts of the early 20th century. The historical figure was on loan to Yorktown from the Most Precious Blood Church on Mulberry Street in lower Manhattan.
The Feast of San Gennaro is an annual celebration of the Patron Saint of Naples that first took place in New York City on Sept. 19, 1926. It was organized by newly arrived immigrants from Naples who settled along Mulberry Street in the Little Italy section of Manhattan.
Commerce Street, from Kear Street to Downing Drive, was lined with a concert stage, food vendors and games and rides for children.
All photos are by Melissa McGarry, except where noted.