The San Gennaro Foundation kicks off October’s Italian Heritage Month, a celebration of everything it means to be Italian, with their annual street festival, The Feast of San Gennaro in Hollywood – September 27-30, 2012. Since 2002, the San Gennaro Foundation has donated over $750,000 to local charities that benefit Los Angeles shelters for children and families, food banks for the homeless, and school programs for underprivileged youth, among others.
Hosted by event co-founder Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla, the Feast will once again take over Hawthorn Ave. (between Highland and Orange) in Hollywood.
“The Feast of San Gennaro is something my family and I look forward to every year,” Jimmy Kimmel said. “I have no doubt that that our eleventh year will be a great one.”
Inspired by the 80+ year old New York City tradition, the Feast celebrates Italian culture, entertainment and cuisine, and will feature great food, music, genealogy research, a kid’s corner, bocce, bingo, carnival rides, games and more. Surprise celebrity guests will join the cooking team, as they demonstrate Italian recipes.
A Procession of St. Gennaro on Hollywood Blvd. will begin at noon on Saturday, September 29th and conclude with a Mass on the Main Stage presided by Monsignor Antonio Cacciapuoti, formerly of Christ the King Church on Arden.
“We have been bringing Italian culture to the heart of Hollywood for ten years running,” said Frankie Competelli, President of The San Gennaro Foundation, Los Angeles. “We are thrilled to once again, celebrate tradition, family, and great food with the community.”
The Feast of San Gennaro’s website has all the details – highlights include the Prima Notte event (celebrating Italian Americans in Sports), Italian food, Bingo! and Carnival rides – there’s something for everyone to make for a good time!
Prima Notte Schedule (hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla)Feast of San Gennaro Website