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By Dianne R. Davis
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Photos by Dianne R. Davis or Burt Davis

San Gennaro Feast brings Thousands to Silverton Lot

There was food, rides, food, entertainment, and , yes you guessed it, food at the May 5-9 San Gennaro Feast held on the parking lot of the Silverton Hotel and Casino.  The move to the Silverton seemed to have been a good one as the crowds poured into the semi annual event. The Feast ,held in honor of the Saint San Gennaro is a popular festival for locals and visitors from all over the world.

San Gennaro Feast Midway

Tony Sacca, host of the entertainment for the festival, brought out a  steady  stream of entertainers that included the great impressionist Tom Stevens and the talented Lena Prima.

Stage and screen star Chaz Palminteri served as Grand Marshal,  visiting the Feast in support of the Italian population.  “Whenever there are Italians, I want to be there.” he told me. He  received a plaque from  Sacca and spent time meeting and greeting fans.  Palminteri wrote the stage production and screenplay of the highly successful story, A Bronx Tale, “for my mom and dad”.  He will be back in Las Vegas in October to once again take to the stage at the Venetian and play 18 roles in the powerful production.

Chaz Palminteri and Tony Sacca

Lena Prima, daughter of the entertainment Icon Louie Prima prioritizes her participation in the feast.  The singer is busy preparing for her appearance at the SunCoast on June 19 and 20.  She said that she’s been busy preparing her new album entitled Since The Storm..

I spoke to nine year old Kohl Costigan about the Feast.  He’s a veteran of four or five of the events and said he loves the singers. His parents Lezlie and Dan come twice a year and put the food at the top of their list. Looking at the scores of people in line at some of the250 food vendors, I’d say they were in the majority of people there to enjoy the variety of ethnic foods.



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