Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Italian Fest of San Gennaro Returns This Weekend

San Gennaro

Jimmy Kimmel's and Adam Carolla's annual Italian Feast of San Gennaro, inspired by the long-running New York event, is back this weekend to once again celebrate Italian culture and food, and benefit various local charities.

The event begins on Thursday, Sept. 27 with the opening night fundraiser "Prima Notte 2012." The event, hosted by Kimmel and Carolla (with Mark DeCarlo as master of ceremonies), will feature big band music by Louis Prima Jr. and various comedians. The night will also pay tribute to "Italian Americans in sports," including former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda and former NFL player Lou Cordileone.

Other events include a Procession of St. Gennaro on Hollywood Blvd. (beginning at noon on Saturday, September 29th and concluding with a Mass on the Main Stage presided by Monsignor Antonio Cacciapuoti) and other fund raisers like a "Gravy – Sauce" competition hosted by "The Meatballs of Comedy."

The Feast of San Gennaro takes place Sept. 28 to 30 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. behind the Jimmy Kimmel Live Theater at 1651 N. Highland Ave. General admission is $5; kids under 12 are free.

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