Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Feast of San Gennaro vs. the County Fair
I can sum up the Feast of San Gennaro in less than 10 words:
The county fair, with fewer rides but more cannoli.
The San Gennaro festival takes over the heart of Little Italy each year, running down about seven blocks of Mulberry Street and even bleeding into what looks more like Chinatown. This festival honoring the patron saint of Naples runs for 11 days, and the festival's website says more than 1 million people are expected to attend. I attended on Friday night, and it seemed that at least half that many people were crowding the streets for calamari, cannoli and ... beer pong.
OK, so not everything about the festival is authentically Italian. Did I really think it would be? However, it did have an Italian flair. I mean, at least zeppole were offered alongside the fried Oreos. And how many county fairs have pasta booths?