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Feast of San Gennaro Underway

Friday, September 12, 2008

The city's oldest religious street festival is underway in Manhattan's Little Italy. The Feast of San Gennaro has been going on every year since 1926, when it was first organized by Italian immigrants to New York.

Visitor Norman Kramer calls it a feast for the senses.

KRAMER: You can smell all the sauce and all the Italian food and the pastries, and everything it's just, all the good senses. And I have Hay Fever right now and I'm still enjoying it!

REPORTER: Hundreds of food stalls will line Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston streets until Sept. 21. The San Gennaro festival is expected to draw more than a million visitors, and will feature concerts, a cannoli eating contest this afternoon, and a grand procession of the patron saint tomorrow at two o'clock.

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