San Gennaro, Atlantic Antic, and Free Museums this weekend
Taken from Wikipedia
The Feast of San Gennaro, originally a one-day religious commemoration, began in September, 1926 when newly arrived immigrants from Naples congregated along Mulberry Street in the Little Italy section of New York City, to continue the tradition they had followed in Italy to celebrate San Gennaro as the Patron Saint of Naples.
Centered on Mulberry Street, which is closed to traffic for the occasion, the festival generally features parades, street vendors, sausages, games and zeppole. The Grand Procession is held starting at 2 p.m on the last Saturday of the feast, immediately after a celebratory Mass at the Church of the Most Precious Blood. This is a Roman Catholic candlelit procession in which the statue of San Gennaro is carried from its permanent home in the Most Precious Blood Church through the streets of Little Italy.
Some residents of Little Italy dislike the noise, garbage, and crowds generated by the festival. Although it is portrayed as a neighborhood event, most of the organizers, vendors, or attendees do not live in the area. For more than a decade, moreover, federal prosecutors have raised concerns that organized crime is involved in running the festival. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said all the appropriate steps have been taken to free the festival from such control.
A great website with maps and schedules is here.
The Atlantic Antic:
From The Brooklyn Paper
On Sunday, Sept. 26, the 1-1/2–mile stretch between Hicks Street and Fourth Avenue will host the 36th annual Atlantic Antic, featuring more than 600 food, art and shopping vendors, 14 performance stages and even kid-friendly activities like pony-rides and a magician showcase.
”The Antic is a New York institution that merchants and attendees anticipate year after year,” said Brooklyn Brewery owner Steve Hindy, who co-sponsors the event.
We can’t wait to pair his beer with the festival’s food, especially Pete’s Waterfront Alehouse’s succulent pulled pork. This slammin’ cue dish even won the Grand Master Award at the Meatopia BBQ competition this past July.
In addition to awesome food and drink, the Atlantic Antic has arranged for a slew of bands to rock the blocks. There’ll be Antic veterans like The Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band, who will play in front of the Brazen Head between Boerum Place and Court Street, as well as festival newcomers like The Windsor Terrors, a classic rock group. These Brooklyn-based old-timers, who met as school teachers way back in the 1970s, channel the British invasion-era bands that they grew up with.
On Saturday, September 25, a number of museums will be participating in Free Museum Day. The Smithsonian website has a list of them. You can click on find a location, and you have to have the free ticket emailed to you and then you print it out to use.