IN THE MIDDLE AGES, THE story goes, a great famine ravaged Sicily. Peasants starved. The rain refused to come. In desperation, villagers prayed to Saint Joseph, the Biblical carpenter whom Christians believe to be Jesus Christ’s earthly foster father. If the Saint would intervene on their behalf, the Sicilian people promised, they would honor him w...

On Friday March 13, 2020 Umberto Mucci of Rome Italy was interviewed by Charles Marsala on WGSO Radio 990am in New Orleans for 45 minutes. Umberto Mucci is the publisher of www.WetheItalians.com in Rome Italy. Charles Marsala is the President of the American-Italian Federation of the Southeast. The 45-minute interview covers several topics includin...

Iriapak will make a $7 million capital investment to establish a packaging film manufacturing facility in eastern New Orleans, Louisiana. An Italian company founded in 1978, Iriapak manufactures packaging for home paper products, such as paper towels and tissue. The New Orleans mill will be the company’s first North American location.The company wi...

The Italian American St. Joseph Society celebrated their 50th year of serving 500 pounds of pasta. This year, they asked people to wait at their tables to be served after the pasta was made.  Parade Marshal and Chef David Greco puts pasta into a giant bowl during the 50th annual St. Joseph's Pasta Party at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel in...

The Fairgrounds horse Race Track of New Orleans hosted sixty members of the Societa Italiana di Mutua Beneficenza Cefalutana on Sunday March 8, 2020. Cefalù is a city located geographically in the middle of the northern coast of Sicily. The word “Cefalutana” comes from the old Sicilian dialect, meaning “of or from Cefalù.” The Società Italiana di M...

Since the word “sud” translates to “south” in both Italian and French, it’s a fitting moniker for a novel arts and antique shop on Magazine Street. Sud (4021 Magazine St.) celebrates Sicily, Italy, while also embracing the culture of New Orleans — a Southern city that’s famous for its French heritage and also brimming with Sicilian flavors. The tra...

The Jean Lafitte facility of National Park Service of New Orleans for March is presenting information on the Sicilian Migration into New Orleans. As part of the month’s activities Charles Marsala presented 60 slides in one hour on the history from 1682 to present. Charles Marsala’s presenation began with Henri de Tonti landing in Buras in 1682 and...

The Archdiocese of New Orleans has released a list of St. Joseph’s Altars in the area that will be available for public viewing. The altars will be on display at church parishes and schools around the city. Archbishop Chapelle High School, 8800 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, March 18, noon-8 p.m. Blessing of the Altar at noon, Rosary at 7 p.m.,...

Friday, March 20, 2020, 9am-6pm. Xavier University of Louisiana, Administration Building Auditorium, 1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans LA. Interest in and devotion to St. Joseph the Carpenter—the Virgin Mary’s husband and Jesus’s foster-father—has been present among Christians since the earliest centuries of the Common Era. Three academic institutions—Xa...

As a young Tennessee girl, I knew Louisiana was a Southern state, but in my mind, New Orleans was a separate entity entirely. I heard the stories of the Crescent City citizens who celebrate with spectacles, where folks throw beads and act strangely. Their floats looked nothing akin to my type of parades where homecoming queens and Santas wave to cr...