Feast of San Gennaro Comes to Boston’s North End, Sept. 21-23 [Schedule Update]

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Here is all you need to know about the Feast of San Gennaro in Boston’s North End to be held on September 21 through 23, 2018. The feast venue will be on the corner of Hanover and Battery Streets featuring top entertainment including The Midtown Men, Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti, and the New York Bee Gees.

The Saint Gennaro Foundation Boston, a 501(c)3 non-profit, was established by Frank DePasquale, Nick Varano and Pasquale Trotta. An original reproduction of the statue of Saint Gennaro has been created by the sculptor Ettore Marinelli and blessed by Pope Francis in person at the Vatican. Proceeds of this non-profit organization will be used for autistic and non-autistic children. Funds will assist the parents of autistic children and needy families from all over the world with temporary housing, meals and transport assistance to hospital services in Boston.

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A traditional procession through the streets of the North End will be held starting at noon on Sunday, Sept. 23rd. Masses at St. Leonard Church will also be held on Wednesday, Sept. 19th at 5pm and Sunday at 3pm.

San Gennaro is the patron saint of Naples and his feast day is September 19th. The NYC feast started on Mulbery Street in 1926 to celebrate Saint Januarius, the Patron Saint of Naples. This year, 2018, is the first year for the annual feast in Boston. Below is the full schedule for the Feast of San Gennaro in Boston.

  Saint Gennaro Foundation of Boston
A Festival To Benefit Autism

          Saint Gennaro Comes To The North End @ the corner of Hannover Street and Battery Street

Program & Entertainment

WEDNESDAY, September 19, 2018

  • Mass at Saint Leonard Church, Hanover & Prince Streets, Starts at 5.00 pm

FRIDAY, September 21, 2018

  • DJ Joe Carvello, 4:00-5:15 PM / 9:30-11:00 PM
  • Giovanni Formisano / Wesley Ray Thomas-Classic Neapolitan Music and Opera, 5:30-6:45 PM
    • Tenor Giovanni Formisano, a native of Torre del Greco, Naples Italy. He was recently featured on a concert in honor of the world-renowned Dimitri Hvorostovsky, a prominent figure at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Mr.Formisano has participated in numerous concerts and Operas around the US and was winner of the “Talents of the World” international voice competition. Mr. Formisano continues to gain recognition in the classical music world and was praised for his interpretation of the Classical Neapolitan repertoire.
  • Vanessa Salvucci, 7:00-7:30 PM
  • Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti, 8:00 PM-9:30 PM
    • Sal Valentinetti is an Italian-American crooner best known for his flawless vocals, larger than life personality, and his heart of gold. At the young age of fifteen, Sal realized the hidden talent he possessed and began performing his flawless tribute to the great Frank Sinatra. Before long the world would come to know him as “Sal the Voice”.

SATURDAY September 22, 2018

  • DJ Felix Cutillo, 3:00-5:00 PM/ 10:00-11:00 PM
  • Tenor Giovanni Formisano / Wesley Ray Thomas-Classic Neapolitan Music and Opera, 5:15- 6:30 PM
  • Marc Turo, 7:00-8:00 PM
  • The Midtown Men – 4 Stars from The Original Broadway Cast of Jersey Boys, 8:30-10:00 PM
    • The Midtown Men reunites stars from the smash Broadway hit musical, JERSEY BOYS: The Story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Formed in 2010, the popular vocal group has been widely praised for their signature renditions of the greatest rock and roll songs of the 1960s. Together, they have played over 700 concerts in North America, Europe and China, and have headlined alongside over 30 symphonies including The Boston Pops and The National Symphony. Featuring stories and songs, their acclaimed concert features classic tunes originated by The Four Seasons, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Temptations, and more!

SUNDAY September 23, 2018

Procession, 12 noon Sunday

  • 12:00 Noon Procession of the Statue of San Gennaro through the streets of Boston’s North End, followed by Mass at Saint Leonard Church at 3pm.

Entertainment on Sunday

  • DJ Maurizio, 1:30-3:00 PM
  • Tenor Giovanni Formisano / Wesley Ray Thomas-Classic Neapolitan Music and Opera, 3:00-4:15 PM
  • Vinyl Groove, 4:30-6PM
  • The New York Bee Gees, 6:30-8PM
    • The New York Bee Gees Tribute Show is comprised of some of Long Island New York’s most versatile and exceptionally talented players. The band includes present or former members of well known, world renown acts including The Alan Parsons Project, Happy Together Tour, Meatloaf, Queen, Blue Oyster Cult, The Rippingtons and more. The band offers all of the classic 70’s disco hits from Stayin’ Alive to Night Fever while embracing their early works such as ToLove Somebody, I’ve Got to Get a Message to You and Massachusetts. The New York Bee Gees delivers songs from every decade of the Bee Gees catalog with a stunning production, powerful vocals and the professional stage presence to fill any club or casino.

View more information on the Feasts in Boston’s North End.


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28 COMMENTS

  1. Anyone know if this is going to be a new society, or where any of the donations made to the saint will be going??? Will this be an annual event or a one time only deal?

  2. This event has caused a lot of stir in the North End. Talk is flying all over the place. Some society’s are upset and state they will not open its doors, while others are being more open minded. Who is not going to talk to this one or that one. It’s seems that St Gennaro is the Donald trump of the feast. This is not the Christian values and anyone or any group has negative talk, then your not a true Christian organization.

    Don’t blame the Saint , your thumbing your nose at the Saint it self ? There are legit questions, is there a relegious society of St Gennaro in Boston ? What is the reason and goal of the feast ? Is it to honor St Gennaro or make money, which should not be the prim mission of any feast. All the society’s, every one of them have deep and solid roots in the North End, family’s are embedded in those organizations and all of them get along and have bonded over the years. Some of them have been here well over a hundred years. You’ll never replace the St Gennaro feast in N.Y. It’s a great event and nothing like in in NY. Feast are part of the N. E. The Saints are loved here, but we must find out facts, not rumor. Is there a relegious reason or did someone just buy a Saint ? There are a lot of Saints sitting in the churches here. But again, some of the talk has been hatred, is that the Christian way ? My last statement, remember, there are a lot of folks who don’t want any feast in the North End anymore. That would be sad in it self.

  3. The feast takes place in many parts of US. The New York one is the largest of all, and celebrated close to the birth of St. Gennaro on Sept 19. Why the fuss? Is a society necessary to celebrate? We have two people sponsoring it….I do not understand the problem. In other states, the money is donated to the poor.

    • maybe because the majority residents don’t want to deal with the people, noise, crime, parking, trash, and general overall disruption of their lives in late September because of couple of local entrepreneurs want to make a buck at the expense of the residents (aka the people who actually live in the neighborhood)? based on heather’s logic, residents should be willing to deal with something every single weekend.

      • How about when St Joseph did there one day procession in October 2014 ? I didn’t hear no complants about that, I say let them try it out. This is not going to be a 10 day feast here it’s three days I think they can handle it.
        Truth

    • Heather,
      I think that given the long standing tradition in the North End of having societies sponsor the feasts, it’s not unreasonable to wonder if this is going to be a one time onlyevent, or if there is a plan to establish a San Gennaro society in the North End and make this an annual event. I also don’t think it is unreasonable to wonder where any donations given during the festival will be going.

  4. This promotion got off to a poor start.Rumors fueled the proposal and the two sponsors owe it to the residents to put the facts out and answer the legitimate questions from people.I support all the Feasts past and present and have for many years but before I jump in on this one mech more needs to be known.

  5. If Truth and other residents don’t like the religious feasts because of noise, trash, large crowds and disruptions, they can move!

    This is first and foremost an Italian neighborhood with Italian saints celebrating, surrounded by Italian Foods.

    The hipsters can move to Seaport—no festas there.

    • Nope. We can support the historic feasts and be entirely against another one being added to the neighborhood with no community input and for the benefit of local money makers. I’m so sick of this. YOU should move because you don’t know how to get along with neighbors.

  6. Kudos Kathy D. What I want to know is where is all the money going from all these feasts? All our Local
    Churches could use some of that money for repairs, heat, a/c, etc. A great way to make money without any
    explanations as to where this money from All Feasts goes.

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