Ten years ago, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel decided to create an event that emulated the Italian-themed San Gennaro festivals he enjoyed as a kid in New York. The L.A. version of the San Gennaro Festival quickly grew -- and is now a major, annual event held outdoors in Hollywood, near Kimmel's ABC "Jimmy Kimmel Live" studio.
The 10th Annual Feast of San Gennaro Los Angeles kicks off tonight with the invite-only “Prima Notte 2011,” which will pay tribute to Italian American actors in Hollywood and Frank Mancuso Sr., former CEO of Paramount and MGM Studios.
After that, the festival is open all weekend to the public. Here are some more highlights, from the San Gennaro P.R.:
In honor of the Feast’s 10th Anniversary there will be special events going on throughout the weekend to raise funds for their various charities, including an attempt to break the Guinness World Record of Longest Marathon of Television Watching (the current record is 86 hours, 6 minutes and 41 seconds of continuous television watching), by watching 100 hours of Italian-themed films and television shows, a “Gravy – Sauce” competition hosted by The Meatballs of Comedy and on Sunday afternoon and many others.
Hopefully KROQ's Dave "the King of Mexico" Sanchez is participating in the TV Watching contest, and will finally gain the crown that he should have won in 2005 before being disqualified by Guinness.
Here are the details for this weekend's events:
Friday, September 23 - Sunday 25, 2011
11am - 11pm
1651 N. Highland Ave. (south of Hollywood Blvd).
$5 Admission - Kids under 12 free