The image of San Gennaro exits the Church of the Most Precious Blood on Baxter Street.
Usually borne on a float towed by a truck, the image of San Gennaro was yoked to the shoulders of men with enough strength to carry it for hours through the city streets.
The procession of about a hundred turns onto Canal Street, which was once an actual canal used to drain Collect Pond.
The procession passes through what was once New York’s most notorious section -- the infamous Mulberry Bend.
A woman watching from her apartment hurls money at the passing procession -- a tradition as old as the devotion itself.

 
Businesses throughout Little Italy, such as this local cigar store on Mulberry Street, honor their patron saint.
One of the bearers of the image of San Gennaro sports a mask from the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel/San Paulinus Giglio Lift in Brooklyn, another great Italian devotion, celebrated in June.
The procession passes into Nolita (North of Little Italy) towards Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

 
Two men join in a traditional Italian dance as a band plays the familiar "Tarantella."
The procession passes the wall that Bishop Hughes built in the early 1800s to keep anti-Catholic forces from attacking Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
One of the more somber stops along the way is the memorial to the Italian immigrants who served the country in the U.S. Armed Forces and paid the ultimate price defending its freedom.
And this young participant is a member of the next generation, who will continue the tradition into the future.