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...

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,...

New Orleans paradegoers will switch out their Mardi Gras beads and lucky four-leaf clovers for fava beans and Italy’s red, white and green flag this weekend. The Italian American St. Joseph Society of New Orleans has planned a weekend of events mostly open to the public, including its annual parade and pasta party, to celebrate St. Joseph’s Day on...

On March 14, 1891, prominent New Orleans citizens, including future mayors and governors, led America’s largest-ever lynch mob into the darkest pages of U.S. history. Holding torches, rifles and rope, this mob of vigilantes stormed into Parish Prison and pulled out 11 Italian Americans. Thousands assembled outside the jail and cheered as the wrongf...

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 American Italian Cultural Center is hiring! We are seeking an Administrative Assistant to join our team. Duties include basic financials, daily operations, and planning our events! Must have solid computer skills, be dependable, and have a positive attitude. Please click here to start your application or call 504-522-7294. American Italian Cult...