NEW YORK — For 11 days every September, the narrow streets of New York’s Little Italy are transformed into a grand carnival.

The Feast of San Gennaro has celebrated the Patron Saint of Naples with food, games and festivities for 84 years. Celebrators feast on Ferrara’s famous cannoli, sausages from Island Sausage & Pepper Co and other Italian fare like braciole and zeppole. Italian immigrants first celebrated this religious festival in the 1920s, and although the festival has changed in modern times with sidewalk karaoke and food trucks featuring cuisine from other cultures, it retains the festive spirit of its origins.

Photos by Nancy Kim for Blast Magazine

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Jessica Torrez Riley is a Blast New York correspondent

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