The rain was falling in a drizzle when we found the Feast of San Gennaro on a busy thoroughfare of Little Italy. The colorful awnings sparkled over a sea of umbrellas as the crowds fought their way towards booths serving drinks, pastries, and meats while being goaded by carnival vendors promising grand prizes to any man who could win and impress his girl.
Held annually since 1996, the feast is meant to serve as an 11-day reminder the community forged by early Italian immigrants in the New York City neighborhood. The festival draws more than a million visitors from all over the world who want to celebrate the continued spirit of Italy through food, music, and community.
Post by Bailey James. Photos by Bailey James and Ian Sims.