YORKTOWN, N.Y. – For the month of September, Commerce Street will be known as Sen Gennaro Way.
The renaming of one of Yorktown Heights’ main thoroughfares coincides with the return of the Feast of San Gennaro. The third annual festival celebrating Italian heritage will be held on Commerce Street/San Gennaro Way from Wednesday, Sept. 13, to Sunday, Sept. 17.
The highway department has installed two street signs where Commerce Street/San Gennaro Way intersects Hanover Street and Underhill Avenue. The signs were paid for by Highway Superintendent Dave Paganelli.
For the first time since it debuted in 2015, the festival will be five days long. Last year, it was four days long. The festival is organized annually by CCM of Westchester, a nonprofit organization.
“This is not just a great day for Yorktown, but for the county of Westchester and the state of New York,” said Tom Pomposello, one of the event’s organizers. “This is about heritage and community and bringing everybody together.”
The grand marshal of this year’s Feast of San Gennaro is Dorothea LaScala. Since 1999, LaScala has been a member of Circolo da Vinci, a non-profit organization that promotes Italian-American heritage. She served several terms as president of the organization, which hands out thousands of dollars in scholarships each year to local students.
“We have so many Italian-Americans who have so many memories of growing up with feasts, and now they can do it all over again right here,” LaScala said. “They don’t have to go any place else. Right here in Yorktown, you have everything you need.”
The festival will begin with a statue procession at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13. There will be rides, food, music and games. Hours are 5-11 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; noon 11 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit: facebook.com/yorktownfeastofsangennaro.