The second annual feast of San Gennaro, the patron saint of Naples, took place in Boston’s North End on September 13-15, 2019. The feast, a festival to benefit autism hosted by the San Gennaro Foundation, included a celebratory mass on Sunday at Saint Leonard’s Church followed by a procession through the streets. Authentic pizza ovens were brought in as restaurants and food vendors served up classic Italian feast food of pizza, sausages, meatballs, pasta and cannoli. Each night brought crowds for a lineup of live music and entertainment. (Photos by Matt Conti, click to enlarge)

The Saint Gennaro Foundation Boston, a 501(c)3 non-profit, was established by Frank DePasquale, Nick Varano and Pasquale Trotta. Proceeds of this non-profit organization will be used for autistic and non-autistic children, assisting parents and needy families from all over the world with temporary housing, meals and transport assistance to hospital services in Boston.

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  1. A personal “Thank You” to Mr. DePasquale, Mr. Varano and Mr. Trotta for bringing the San Gennaro Feast to our community.
    The focus on all the wonderful vendors and businesses here is deserved and appreciated, as is the foundation you created and help. The entertainment all three nights was like experiencing a history book on some of the best music and musicians of our time! I only regret that more people didn’t know about this terrific effort and weekend to make sure it got on their calendar. Let’s all make sure we get the word out early next year.
    Thank you all again!

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