A 170-year-old French Quarter church and a 190-year-old historic residence were among several properties vandalized along Chartres Street two days before Mardi Gras. One victim said police suspect an "anarchist parade" was responsible.   Vandals spray-painted St. Mary's Catholic Church and the neighboring Beauregard-Keyes House and Gard...

An Italian oil and gas giant has started production in the Gulf of Mexico, it announced. Eni, which has an 8.5% stake in the field operated by Anadarko Petroleum, said the Lucius field includes six subsea wells.   The company's share of daily production is expected to be around 7,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed) once all the wel...

Members of the American Society of Italian Heritage recently gathered at the Clarion Inn & Suites Conference Center for fellowship, food and fun as they honored St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Deputy Eugene Alexis with their annual Rising Star Award. Since 2003, the north shore group has given the award to an outstanding deputy who has worked for...

The Italian-American Marching Club's St. Joseph's Day Parade is Saturday, March 9, starting at 6 p.m. at Chartres and Canal streets. The parade marches through the French Quarter and Central Business District, with men passing out flowers in exchange for kisses or throwing beads from the new Rolling Cannoli float. After the parade, which ends on Co...

Members of the Bogalusa Italian-American Cultural Society extend an invitation to the public to join in celebrating its 40th St. Joseph's Altar on Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15, at the B&C Hall (formerly KC Hall), 139 Cumberland Street in Bogalusa. Members have been busy planning for the event and preparing Italian cookies and other del...

Parades and red-white-and-blue patriotism underscored partying. And legions rallied. It was a cold day for the queen and her cortege of 80 maids, but they warmed up to the celebration for the 43rd annual Italian American Marching Club St. Joseph Parade. They assembled at midday in the Piazza d'Italia for the pre-parade celebration and a chance to...

Local chefs and grocers are helping keep alive the tradition of St. Joseph Altars, including the one at the Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center in Baton Rouge.   The center “depends on the goodwill of the community and volunteers for the food that’s served,” said Debi Grymes, who coordinates the volunteer efforts for the altar. The alt...

American Italian Cultural Center. Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (CDT). New Orleans, LA Experience a "Taste of Italy" in the Piazza d'Italia and American Italian Cultural Center! Enjoy Italian food, music, art, an Italian immigrant experience and more in celebration of National Italian Heritage Month. Attire is dress...

This weekend, amorous Italians will return to the French Quarter for the 45th annual Italian-American Marching Club’s St. Joseph’s Parade and other festivities. The events honor St. Joseph, whose feast day is March 19.   The celebrations begin at noon on Friday, with a presentation of the “World’s Largest Pasta Dish,” holding pasta con sard...

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Conductor and Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto and award-winning Italian pianist Benedetto Lupo will present free masterclasses this month at Loyola University New Orleans. These classes afford Loyola students the opportunity to perform and receive feedback from world-class artists in preparation for mu...