Saturday at 11:30am in conjunction with the Italian American Sports Banquet we are dedicating the first of two Sicilian Heritage Markers. This marker celebrates Sicilian contributions to Music in Jazz, Swing, and Rock 'n Roll. It mentions Nick LaRocca, Louis Prima, and Cosimo Matassa.  It contains a QR link to  a free tour app of Sicilian Heritage...

When Nicolo Melli decided to make the jump from the EuroLeague to the NBA this summer, it did not take long to see just how athletic the players in the world’s best basketball league were. The Pelicans had a pair of 19-year-old rookies in Jaxson Hayes and Zion Williamson who could both jump out of the gym. “They’re different,” Melli said. “They’re...

Come dressed to impress for a night to remember as we honor this year’s inductees into the Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame. The event will take place at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino New Orleans on Saturday January 25th, with cocktails and silent auction at 5 pm followed by dinner and presentation at 6pm. This year’s National Honoree is...

Taking a gondola ride through the rivers of Venice might be on everyone's life bucket list because it might just be the most romantic thing you can do. It's a little difficult to get all the way over to Italy, but getting to Louisiana is a little easier. This gondola ride in New Orleans is one of the most romantic activities in the entire city that...

In the winter of 1912, Picayune feature writer Will Branan took his readers on a tour of the Lower French Quarter, a neighborhood that he half-jokingly dubbed “The Spaghetti District of New Orleans.” Georgia-born and educated at Auburn University, Branan’s perspective was one of an outsider, both to the Sicilian-dominated Quarter and to New Orleans...

Thursday, December 05, 2019 at 6:30 pm. Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Los Angeles, 1023 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024. In collaboration with Consulate General of Italy of Los Angeles and Houston and American Italian Cultural Center. Entrance: Free. Justin A. Nystrom, Associate Professor of History at Loyola University in New Orleans, will...

There are many episodes in the history of the United States that have seen Italians as protagonists. Some are very well known; others deserve to be known better. The subject of this interview is of the second type: not many people know about this, but it is really very interesting and tells how much since their birth the United States - and its lea...

When: Wed, November 20, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM CST - Where:  American Italian Cultural Center, 537 S. Peters St., In the history of Western art, a few names shine particularly brightly: Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Picasso. But in the standard histories, and for contemporary commentators, the first in this illustrious line of exceptional artists...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019. 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST. American Italian Cultural Center, 537 South Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. Tracing the history and sacred symbolism of the Saint Joseph Altar tradition, native New Orleanian Sandra Scalise Juneau will present a lecture and will demonstrate the intricate art of cuccidata carving, as learned...

On September 21, 2019 member organizations of AIFEDSE elected Charles E. Marsala President, reviewed current Italian Heritage & Cultural projects, and evaluating March 21st, 2020 for a convention. Marsala heritage is 100% Sicilian with his great grandparents coming from Salaparuta, Cefalu, Contessa Entellina, and Palermo. Three Marsalas: Giuseppe,...