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Every April through October the Manhattan Street fair scene is alive with one or more streets closed to vehicular traffic. Millions roam past stalls with games of chance, crepes, and all manner of merchandise for sale. Restaurants along the route expand out into the street with curbside dining.
With over 300 street fairs each year, there is a sameness about them. That’s why the street fairs with a cultural flavor are special — such as Japan Block Fair, Bastille Day Festival, and the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy—New York City’s oldest.
The Feast of San Gennaro was first held in September 1926 when immigrants from Naples gathered to celebrate Saint Januarius, Naples Patron Saint. Originally began as a one-day religious commemoration it is now an eleven day street fair held each September on Mulberry Street with annual attendance in excess of one million. Cannoli Eating and Meatball Eating contests are open to the public—should you feel up to it. The Grand Procession occurs at 2 p.m. on the last Saturday of the festival followed by Mass at the Church of the Most Precious Blood.
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