Holly Anne Savoie will be crowned queen of the 44th annual Italian American Marching Club St. Joseph Parade during a free pre-parade celebration in New Orleans. The gala will be held March 9, starting at noon, at the Piazza d'Italia.   Savoie, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rusty Savoie of Covington, will be surrounded by 80 beautiful maids in...

By Sharon Litwin For years now pundits and observers of the "high" arts in America have predicted the demise of classical music, opera and dance, whose audiences, they say, consist mainly of those with white hair and or no hair.   And yet, with every generation, inspired talented ones have appeared whose glorious flashes of brilliance and p...

by Megan Wyatt   A step inside of Fratelli's Italian Grille is like a step back in time. The restaurant is located in a former Copeland's that had been shuttered since the '90s until Fratelli's opened last May.   The letters "USL" and a bulldog are painted on an exterior window, paying tribute to the University of Louisiana at La...

by Dean M. Shapiro Staged by the American Italian Cultural Center, the second annual "Opera in the Piazza" concert will take place Friday night at the Piazza d'Italia. Seasoned New Orleans opera singers will present arias from operas in the Italian repertoire, plus such well-known Italian songs as "O Sole Mio," "Volare" and "Santa Lucia." &n...

It's an annual event that's fun for the whole family and celebrates the Italian American Heritage of New Orleans the St. Joseph's Day Parade. Peter Gilberti, the event coordinator, and Lena Prima, the Grand Marshall of this year's St. Joseph's Day Parade join the Eyewitness Morning News to talk more about this weekend's parade.   Catch...

A 170-year-old French Quarter church and a 190-year-old historic residence were among several properties vandalized along Chartres Street two days before Mardi Gras. One victim said police suspect an "anarchist parade" was responsible.   Vandals spray-painted St. Mary's Catholic Church and the neighboring Beauregard-Keyes House and Gard...

An Italian oil and gas giant has started production in the Gulf of Mexico, it announced. Eni, which has an 8.5% stake in the field operated by Anadarko Petroleum, said the Lucius field includes six subsea wells.   The company's share of daily production is expected to be around 7,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed) once all the wel...

Members of the American Society of Italian Heritage recently gathered at the Clarion Inn & Suites Conference Center for fellowship, food and fun as they honored St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Deputy Eugene Alexis with their annual Rising Star Award. Since 2003, the north shore group has given the award to an outstanding deputy who has worked for...

The Italian-American Marching Club's St. Joseph's Day Parade is Saturday, March 9, starting at 6 p.m. at Chartres and Canal streets. The parade marches through the French Quarter and Central Business District, with men passing out flowers in exchange for kisses or throwing beads from the new Rolling Cannoli float. After the parade, which ends on Co...

Members of the Bogalusa Italian-American Cultural Society extend an invitation to the public to join in celebrating its 40th St. Joseph's Altar on Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15, at the B&C Hall (formerly KC Hall), 139 Cumberland Street in Bogalusa. Members have been busy planning for the event and preparing Italian cookies and other del...