General Louisiana Siclily Traditions

Festa dei morti in Louisiana

Updated on 11/11/2020 to recognize Gasper Schiro’s contribution to the event.

Every year, on All Saints Day, the Contessa Entellina Society celebrates the Sicilian Festival of Dead at the society mausoleum in the Italian/Sicilian section of the Metairie cemetery.

For 35 years Gasper Schiro has organized the All Saints Day celebration at Metairie Cemetery. Eight Mausoleums from the late 1800s, built by Sicilian Societies in New Orleans, are in the cemetery.

Giuseppe Marsala, great grandfather of the current AIFEDSE president Charles Marsala, is one of the society’s founder in the 1880s.

Back in Italy la Festa dei Morti is celebrated on November2nd. Click here to read it by yourself.

General Immigrants New Orleans Siclily

The Sicilian Migration – From the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies to the Crescent City

Display board at National Park Service in New Orleans

During March 2020 the Jean Lafitte facility of National Park Service of New Orleans is presenting information on the Sicilian Migration into New Orleans. As part of the month’s activities, on March 7th, Charles Marsala presented 60 slides in one hour on the history from 1682 to present.

Briana Cervantes of the National Park Service & Charles Marsala, President of the American-Italian Federation of the Southeast

Click on the image above to learn more.

Italian phrase of the day
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