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Festival Of San Gennaro Comes To Yorktown

Sonny Graci, longtime American Legion baseball coach, is the grand marshall this year.
Sonny Graci, longtime American Legion baseball coach, is the grand marshall this year. Photo Credit: Contributed
This statue of St. Gennaro, patron saint of Naples, is one of the original figures paraded through Little Italy during the earliest Feasts of San Gennaro. It is on loan to Yorktown from the Most Precious Blood Church on Mulberry Street in Manhattan.
This statue of St. Gennaro, patron saint of Naples, is one of the original figures paraded through Little Italy during the earliest Feasts of San Gennaro. It is on loan to Yorktown from the Most Precious Blood Church on Mulberry Street in Manhattan. Photo Credit: Contributed

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- One of the original statues of St. Gennaro will lead the opening ceremonial procession for the Yorktown Feast of San Gennaro on Thursday.

“It’s a privilege to participate in the first San Gennaro Feast in Yorktown,” said the Rev. Tom Kreiser of St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown Heights. “What a joy to celebrate the Italian culture in our great community.”

St. Gennaro is the patron saint of Naples, and the statue was carried through the streets of Little Italy for the Feasts of the early 20th century. The statue is on loan from the Most Precious Blood Church in Manhattan. It will be on view in Railroad Park during the feast and at St. Patrick's Church for a 9 a.m. Mass on Saturday.

The opening procession will gather behind Engine Company 1's firehouse on Commerce Street between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Yorktown Feast of San Gennaro will feature rides, music, children's entertainment and authentic Italian cuisine from street vendors.

Sonny Graci, longtime American Legion baseball coach, is the grand marshall this year.

Yorktown's feast runs from 5-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday.

A closing procession will conclude events on Sunday.

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