Look | Feast of San Gennaro Kicks off With Cannoli Eating Contest

The 85th celebration of the feast of San Gennaro kicked off Thursday with a show of gustatory feats: a cannoli eating contest. Patrick Bertoletti, 26, broke the all time record by eating 32 cannolis in 6 minutes.

Allan "The Shredder" Goldstein preparing for the cannoli eating contest that marks the start of the 85th Festival of San Gennaro in Little Italy.

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Eaters grabbing a pile of Caffe Palermo cannolis for the eating contest.

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One of the newest female competitive eaters, Maria "Edible," who declined to give her last name, at the start of the competition. 

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Eric "Badlands" Booker, a staple of the competitive eating circuit.

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Yasir Salem, 34, from the East Village. He had taken a break from competitive eating for about a year, but is back now.

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Patrick Bertolli, 26, from Chicago and Eric "Badlands" Booker.

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Spectators filled the block at Grand Street and Mott Street to watch the cannoli eating contest.

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Patrick Bertoletti, the winner, posing for the cameras after his victory. He is No. 2 in the competitive eating world, just behind Joey Chestnut.

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Cleaning up cannoli after the contest.

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Mary Russo missed the contest, but was enjoying a cannoli at her own pace.

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