New York’s City’s largest festival, The Feast of San Gennaro, begins this Thursday, September 12th and runs for 11 days until September 22nd, 2019. This year marks the festival’s 93rd anniversary since it began in 1926, when groups of Italian immigrants settled in what is now known as New York City’s “Little Italy.

The New York City festival, an 11-day salute to the patron saint of Naples, is run by Figli di San Gennaro (Children of San Gennaro), a non-profit organization devoted to preserving the spirit and faith of the early Italian community. More than one-million people from around the world flock to the Feast of San Gennaro to participate in the parades, religious processions, musical performances — and, of course, to chow down on the variety of Italian foods offered. The festival takes place on Mulberry Street from Canal Street up to Houston (along with some extensions along Grand Street and Hester Street). So that you don’t miss out on any of the excitement, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 things Not to Miss at the Feast of San Gennaro:

1. The 22nd Annual Cannoli Eating Competition

Image courtesy Figli di San Gennaro

The feast’s 22nd annual cannoli eating competition with cannolis from Ferrara Bakery. The contest will begin on Friday, September 13th at 1:00pm. If cannolis aren’t your favorite Italian dessert, you can also take part in the zeppole-eating showdown on Wednesday, September 18th at 1:00pm. To sign up, call 212-764-6330.

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