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San Gennaro Feast features food, fun, carnival attractions, six nights of entertainment

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Sausage slinger Levi Kocmick holds up a fresh sausage at the World Famous Luby’s Italian Sausage and Philly booth during the San Gennaro Feast at the Rio on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011.

San Gennaro Feast

San Gennaro Feast at the Rio

Violin player Sandor Beke entertains the crowds near the food booths during the San Gennaro Feast at the Rio on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011. Launch slideshow »

San Gennaro Feast May 2011

Sonny Marks, 8, the owner of Fat Sonny's, sits in front of his Italian food booth during the San Gennaro Feast outside of the Silverton in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 5, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Local entertainers are ready to perform at the 34th annual San Gennaro Feast that kicks off its six-night celebration this evening. Mayor Carolyn Goodman will lead the official procession Wednesday at Grand Canyon Shopping Center near I-215 and West Flamingo.

Call the biggest Italian food and musical festival of the year in Las Vegas “A Love Affair With Italy.” Singer Tony Sacca has lined up some 15 acts, including his own show with his backup femme fatales The Saccettes. Clint Holmes’ wife, Kelly Clinton Holmes, also will sing all six nights.

Tonight, Louis Prima’s daughter Lena and Scinta brothers Frankie and Joey with their D hotel star Janiene Valentine start the nightly four- and five-hour free shows. Additionally, there is three hours of nightly traditional Italian folk music.

Every tradition Italian menu item will satisfy the taste buds of visitors young and old, from calamari to calzones and pizzas to pastas. The carnival will be in full swing through midnight during the weekend with games, 30 rides and artisan booths.

On Wednesday, Ms. Senior Nevada Kat Ray will introduce entertainers Rick Michel and Rich Natole, with impressionists Robin Vincent as Madonna and Amanda Kaiser as Bette Midler. On Thursday, it’s The Phat Pack, Philly Cuzz, The Pathetique and Carmen Jon.

On Friday, it’s Sam Riddle’s Band, Bella Strings, Genevieve and Dondino. On Saturday, it’s The Rat Pack Is Back, and Terry Forsythe’s tribute to The Temptations runs to midnight. Sunday night closes out with fireworks and shows by Shades of Sinatra and Dangerous Curves.

Admission is $7 ($5 for seniors and military), and children shorter than 4-foot 6 are free. More information: SanGennaroFeast.com.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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