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The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce South Central couldn’t be more thrilled to share the news: IACC partner and founder of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans, Liz Williams, has published a new cookery book this month, Nana’s Creole Italian Table (LSU Press 2022). Not only is Liz a leading authority on Italian-American cooking in...

The American-Italian Federation of the Southeast celebrated the 95th Anniversary of the historic transatlantic flight of Italian aviator Francesco de Pinedo on Saturday, March 26 at Tivoli Circle. Accompanied by a navigator and a mechanic, de Pinedo began a four-continent flight from Rome and landed a seaplane on the Mississippi River at Canal Stre...

The American-Italian Federation of the Southeast will celebrate the 99th birthday of Italy’s Air Force as well as the 95th Anniversary of the historic transatlantic flight of renowned Italian aviator Francesco de Pinedo Saturday, March 26 at 10 a.m. at Tivoli Circle, commonly known as Lee Circle. Accompanied by a navigator and a fuel man, de Pinedo...

St. Mary Catholic Church leaders in Orange are inviting the public and parishioners to the Celebration of the Saint Joseph Altar, honoring the Feast Day of St. Joseph. This year’s Altar and Prayers are being dedicated to and for Peace in Ukraine. It will be held Sunday at St. Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 912 Cherry Avenue in Orange. The Altar...

The St. Joseph's Society will celebrate St. Joseph's day with a parade through the French Quarter. The parade starts at 6 p.m. at the Canal and Chartres, then winds it's way through the French Quarter on Saturday, March 19. This year's parade features 16 floats, nine marching bands and plenty of marchers in tuxedos! The parade returns this year af...

Saturday, March 19, is the Feast Day of St. Joseph, and the lavish altars celebrating the day are truly a feast for the eyes. The altars offered as thanks for relieving hunger are overflowing with food: fish, pasta, pastries, breads in symbolic shapes. You won’t find any meat; St. Joseph’s Day always falls during Lent. The altars are also laden wit...

The Louisiana Irish-Italian parade will be back on Veterans Memorial Boulevard on Sunday (March 20) celebrating the organization's 40th year as well as its return from a three-year hiatus. The giant procession sets out at noon from Veterans and Houma boulevards with 31 floats, 58 truck floats, 15 walking clubs and a flag-throwing group from Italy,...

Sandra Scalise Juneau has lived St. Joseph's Altars all her life. At age 5 in 1945, she portrayed the Virgin Mary in the "tupa tupa" ceremony, representing the Holy Family knocking on the door, at her Nonna Accardo’s dining room altar. She learned from her two Sicilian grandmothers how to prepare and bake the special foods, and she has passed that...

For the first time in the festival’s 14 years, a mother-daughter duo was chosen to reign over the Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival this weekend. Brenda Liuzza, the festival’s madre, and her daughter and festival queen, 21-year-old Faith Liuzza, said they’ve been involved in the celebration all their lives, and the opportunity to serve on the...

The St Joseph’s Day Parade is BACK! March 19, 2022. It's FREE. For more info visit: www.iasjs.org Honoring the end of a famine in Sicily by prayers to St. Joseph. The 50th Annual St Joseph's Day Parade presented by the Italian American St Joseph's Society and its Post-Parade Gala, are the premier Italian-American events held post-Mardi Gras in the...

Preparations are underway for the return of the traditional St. Joseph’s Altar at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Denham Springs that will once again be open to the public after two years of interruptions brought on by concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. Members of the Friends of St. Joseph organization have already started bakin...

When I started writing a book exploring the crucial contributions that Sicilians had made to New Orleans food culture, I sat down to talk with fabled restaurateur Salvatore “Joe” Segreto. “You’re not going to do one of those “who killa da chief?” histories, are you?,” was the first question he asked me. Segreto referred to a familiar catcall heard...