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Coronavirus Easter General New Orleans

Warrior Archbishop blesses New Orleans from a Pt-17 Stearman

Archbishop Gregory Aymond blessing New Orleans from a PT-17 Stearman on Good Friday.

New Orleans Archbishop Gregory defeats Coronavirus

and on Good Friday 2020 The Big Easy Wing Unit of the Commemorative Air Force takes New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond and Rabi Alexis Erheim on Spirit Flights to bless New Orleans from a Pt-17 Stearman bi-plane.

Click here or on the image above to read the Sicily Journal article.

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On the other side on the pond Pope Francis presides over The Way of the Cross on Good Friday.



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Events General Italian-American Traditions New Orleans St. Joseph

St. Joseph’s Day Parade in New Orleans



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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

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General Italy Louisiana Mardi Gras

King Cake or Chiacchiere?

The Mardi Gras or Carnival season officially begins on January 6th or the “Twelfth Night,” also known to Christians as the “Epiphany.” Epiphany comes from a Greek word that means “to show.” Jesus first showed himself to the three wisemen and to the world on this day. As a symbol of this Holy Day, a tiny plastic baby is placed inside each King Cake.

The King Cake tradition is thought to have been brought to New Orleans from France in 1870. A King Cake is an oval-shaped bakery delicacy, crossed between a coffee cake and a French pastry that is as rich in history as it is in flavor. It’s decorated in royal colors of PURPLE which signifies “Justice,” GREEN for “Faith,” and GOLD for “Power.”

These colors were chosen to resemble a jeweled crown honoring the Wise Men who visited the Christ Child on Epiphany. In the past such things as coins, beans, pecans, or peas were also hidden in each King Cake.

Today, a tiny plastic baby is the common prize. At a party, the King Cake is sliced and served. Each person looks to see if their piece contains the “baby.” If so, then that person is named “King” for a day and bound by custom to host the next party and provide the King Cake.

In Italy the history of Carnival is very ancient . The origins go back, in fact, to when the Saturnals were celebrated in ancient Rome, a festival very similar to today’s Carnival. During this period of banquets and popular festivals, in which all the social canons were overturned, one of the symbols of excess were the frictilia, sweets fried in pork fat, distributed to the crowd on the streets of the city. Apicius, one of the most refined gourmets of ancient times, describes the preparation of the small talk in his “De re coquinaria”: “Pancakes made with eggs and spelled flour, cut into morsels, fried in lard and then dipped in honey”.

Source: History of King Cakes

Source: La Cucina Italiana



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Culture General Louisiana Mardi Gras New Orleans

Krewe of Bacchus – an icon of New Orleans Mardi Gras

Charles Marsala, host of “Celebrating Culture”, interviews the Krewe of Bacchus captain

2020 Krewe of Bacchus New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade on Sunday, February 23, 2020


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