Annual St. Joseph’s Day Celebration

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Annual St. Joseph’s Day Celebration
March 17, 2013 12:00 pm
March 17, 2013 4:30 pm
February 4, 2013

Enjoy live music, authentic Italian food, St. Joseph’s Day altars on display, and children’s craft activities, all celebrating Italian (specifically, Sicilian) culture with this “only in New Orleans” holiday.

The Farmers Market opens at 9 a.m. Children’s craft booth will include a Fava Bean cross magnet children can make and take home.  Authentic Italian pastries by the Portera Sisters will be available, and historic photos  from the American Italian Research Center will be on display.


12 p.m.  Paul Ferrara Trio performs vintage New Orleans jazz. Paul played with Louis Prima, among others, in his long career as a drummer, which earned him a spot in the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame!

12:30 p.m.  WWOZ’s  90.7fm Sally Young interview Paul about his St. Joseph’s Day memories, with some stories about his Dad selling at the French Market!

***12:30-2:30 p.m.  Alongside the stage, at our book tent featuring Italian cookbooks and related titles meet and greet author Nancy Wilson, who will be signing copies of her book “Louisiana’s Italians, Food, & Folkways”***

12:50 p..m.-1:30 p.m. More music with Paul Ferrara Trio

2:00 p.m.  Southern Food and Beverage Museum presents their weekly culinary conversation series “French Market Fare”.  Founder Liz Williams will speak briefly about St. Joseph’s Day and then introduce a visiting author who will talk about pies, pies, pies..including those found in and inspired by Italy.

3:00-4:30 p.m.   Oompah D’Italia Trio with “Squeezebox” Julie Council

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