The Annual Feast of San Gennaro

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Alfred Gescheidt, Little Italy, Manhattan, (Feast of San Gennaro), 1952

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Dan Weiner, San Gennaro Festival, 1952

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Lee Sievan, San Gennaro lights, 1940s

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Weegee, Murder at the Feast of San Gennaro, September 22, 1939

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Weegee, “‘Fiesta’ turns into tragedy, body of dead man, lies on street, Mulberry St., Little Italy,” ca. 1939

The Annual Feast of San Gennaro, New York City’s longest-running, biggest religious outdoor festival in the United States. . . . The central focus of the celebration takes place every September 19th, the official Saint Day when a celebratory Mass is held in Most Precious Blood Church, followed by a religious procession in which the Statue of San Gennaro is carried from its permanent home in the church through the streets that comprise Little Italy.”

Although perhaps less photogenic and cinematic (the first, and perhaps best, five minutes of Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets) than it used to be, it’s also a bit less bloody…

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