St Joseph Altar in Independence

Every March 19th New Orleans Catholics celebrate St. Joseph’s Day by constructing elaborate altars to honor the relief St. Joseph provided during a famine in Sicily. The tradition began in the late 1800’s when Sicilian immigrants settled in New Orleans.

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Foibe seats

The foibe refers to mass killings, both during and after World War II, mainly committed by Yugoslav Partisans against the local ethnic Italian population.
The term refers to the corpses being thrown into foibe, deep natural sinkholes.

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palazzo migliori pope dinner

A noble palace, a few meters from San Pietro, made available by the Pope to the homeless. What a lesson for the greedy.

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kings cake

If you care for your waistline, it is a no-brainer: go Italian!

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bacchus float

The Krewe of Bacchus is one of the most innovative Mardi Gras Parades in New Orleans Carnival history. Foounded in 1968, it changed the way the Carnival celebration had been conducted for more than a hundred years.

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Roman Aqueduct

The imposing Roman aqueducts were designed in the 5th century. B.C. because the water supply of Rome, which until then had relied on the Tiber or the wells, was no longer sufficient.

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Sicilian Jazz Marker

Members of the American Italian Federation, American Italian Cultural Center and guests dedicate a historic marker at the New Orleans Jazz Museum.

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Tarantella-tamburino

In the Italian province of Taranto, Apulia, the bite of a locally common type of wolf spider, named “tarantula” after the region, was popularly believed to be highly venomous and to lead to a hysterical condition known as tarantism. This became known as the Tarantella.

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The intersection of Decatur St. and the corner St. Philip

In the winter of 1912, Picayune feature writer Will Branan dubbed the intersection of Decatur St. and the corner St. Philip “The Spaghetti District of New Orleans.”

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Lake Pontchartrain Holiday Boat Parade

Every year at Christmas time …

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Sambuca

Italian phrase of the day

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Fanta Bottles

The orange Fanta of today was produced for the first time in Italy, in Naples, in 1955.

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St. Mark’s Square flooded

The flooding was the second highest in the city’s history, after the disastrous flood of 1966.

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Tre cime di Lavaredo - Dolomiti

Le tre Cime di Lavaredo

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How The Italians Became White

Read Charles Marsala’s response to The New York Time article.

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Yenni's Proclamation Photo Op

AIFEDSE president Charles Marsala and Jefferson Parish president Yenni show the Columbus Day Proclamation.

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Pizza

From the Perennial Plate
We traveled across Italy to make this short film., searching out our favorite foods (we know, mozzarella and many other things are missing), seeing how they are produced (and eaten). Enjoy!

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“Anyone who sees Matera cannot help but be awe-struck, so expressive and touching is its sorrowful beauty” — Italian author Carlo Levi

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Contessa Entellina Banquet 2019

On September 21, 2019 member organizations of the American Italian Federation of the Southeast elected Charles E. Marsala President…

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Etna eruption

Farming and food on one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

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Hands of God and Adam

Can’t make it to the Sistine Chapel? No problem: It’s coming to Baton Rouge in April

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List of US states celebrating Columbus Day in 2019

Read about the opposition to the National Educator Association resolution to rename the Columbus Day Holiday to Indigenous People’s Day.

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