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.