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Introduction to the Feast of San Gennaro - LA
Feast of San Gennaro 2003

Feast of San Gennaro - Los Angeles - 2003

Photo © 2005 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
New Yorkers are long familiar with Little Italy's Feast of San Gennaro celebrated since the 1920s on Mulberry Street in New York. This 10-day festival dedicated to the Catholic Saint Gennaro, martyred in 305 AD, is so beloved by New Yorkers that transplanted New York Italians have recreated the Feast of San Gennaro in Los Angeles. Although it lasts only four days instead of 10 and it's missing the traditional Cannoli Eating Contest, the west coast festival celebrating the venerable patron saint of Naples has plenty of Italian music, food and culture. It also continues the tradition of charitable giving as a benefit for various Los Angeles children's organizations.

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