3. The Grand Procession
Image courtesy Figli di San Gennaro
The Roman Catholic Grand Procession of the festival will take place on September 14th. This year, the Grand Marshal is Grand Marshal Steve Schirripa (The Sopranos, Blue Bloods). Schirripa follows actor and standup comedian Vic Dibitetto and Tony Danza, who were the last two year’s Grand Marshals. The parade presents various floats, traditional dress from regions across Italy, and gondolas. It will be accompanied by numerous marching bands, such as Cathedral All Girls High School, The Giglio Band, Red Mike Festival Band and the Xavier Marching Band.
As part of the procession, The Statue of San Gennaro will be carried from its permanent home in the Most Precious Blood Church through the streets of Little Italy.