Roberta's Las Vegas Real Estate Blog: San Gennaro Feast - Las Vegas Home of Little Italy!

San Gennaro Feast - Las Vegas Home of Little Italy!

Yes, I've blogged about San Gennaro before, but it's such a big event here in Vegas, I thought it worth another mention. After all, it's grown to include spring and fall at it's location on the southwest side. Besides, I just posted about another cultural event here in our Melting Pot valley, the Hawaiian Festival in Henderson, so this was a natural fit.

If you haven't noticed from my name, I'm of Italian descent. My parents came out for a 2 month visit when I moved here and decided to stay. It was a surprise that my dad would chose to move across the country, leaving behind his established Italian traditions and relatives, but now we get many visits from 'the family'. It had always been his dream to live in a Sun City, and he finally had his chance with 4 to chose from in Las Vegas. I've blogged about them before, McDonald Ranch and Aliante, and they're also found in Anthem and Summerlin.

This festival and those family visits helped him make the move. It often appears like we're reenacting scenes from the Godfather, and as we might be joined by a Vegas family friend that was one of the cast members from the movie Casino, it isn't hard to imagine. We often joke and call my father 'Don' LaRocca, and yes, over the years the name has caused some confusion with those in the witness protection program...or worse.

He is a WWII veteran, and after the war he continued to serve in Italy, getting the chance to visit his family's home village and some of his relatives. He had been his family's first born in the US, so a first meeting for them all. He's pictured here in his uniform with his distant family surrounding him and his jeep.

My dad in Italy 1945

After the service my dad worked hard and started his own businesses. A dedicated family man, he put his family first even before his own, and didn't marry until late in life. I didn't come along until a few years later. As you can imagine he's old school, hard core Italian though and through. He should be, he just celebrated his 90th birthday a few weeks ago! He's still going strong and that's why he really enjoys San Gennaro and hearing the music, the dance, and the language spoken in the home of his youth. He fills the gaps between family and festivals with the local Henderson Italian Club, and of course he's on his community Bocce League, when he's not in his community fitness room or using his pool. I'm glad he has so much here to keep him active.

Now you know my connection, but don't think for a moment that San Gennaro is an exclusive event for Italians only. Everyone gets to be Italian in Las Vegas' Little Italy for a few days. The entire community enjoys all of it, the food and music, the party atmosphere, and the carnival, rides and fireworks. Even now held twice a year the place gets packed as you'll soon see. Really amazing in a place like Las Vegas, with so much in entertainment and events to choose from.

Entertainers come from within the Las Vegas Italian community, nationally, and even from across the pond in...Big Italy. From Las Vegas' Walk of Stars
Tony Sacca, Tony DeBruno, Enzo Salvaggi, Mike Bari & Sal Rainone, and from Italy, Stefania Zarretti and Ciro Giorgio, plus many, many more. For more information, click here to visit the San Gennaro Feast website.

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Comment balloon 3 commentsRoberta LaRocca • September 15 2008 03:03AM


Roberta, that is a wonderful photo.  I didn't know that Vegas had a Little Italy.  The feast sounds fun!

Your dad sounds like a pistol.  I'm so glad he is happy there.

Posted by Elaine Hanson, REALTOR - Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent (Compass) almost 12 years ago

Wow... the food looks yummy and it looks like a lot of fun!  Hopefully you took home some leftovers for Sparky! :)

Posted by Steve Shatsky almost 12 years ago

Elaine: Thanks! I thought it was pretty cool, and just rediscovered it recently. The feast is great, and very popular as you can see from the crowds. My dad is often a little too busy. Sometimes when I call his cell to ask him about getting together, he says he has to call back or will send an email after he checks his calendar!

Steve: Yummy food and LOTS of it. Sparky may be a Jewish dog, but she won't refuse some good Italian, even leftovers. LOL


Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, NV. Lic BS.507 (Simply Vegas Real Estate) almost 12 years ago