St. Joseph’s Altars

Each year around March 19, Italians in New Orleans celebrate St. Joseph’s Feast Day by decorating church and residential altars with a bounty of food. This custom was brought to the city by Sicilian immigrants and dates back to the Middle Ages, when Sicilian Catholics decorated altars in thanks to St. Joseph, the patron saint…

American Italians In Jazz

Italian Americans played an important role in the creation of Jazz, including forming the First Jazz Band, and recording the first Jazz record, both in 1917.

The Italian Immigrant

Italians have had a presence in the area since the explorations of the Europeans. Many Sicilians immigrated to New Orleans in the 19th century, traveling on the Palermo-New Orleans route by ship. Almost all of the 19th-century immigrants to the city originated from Sicily. Overall, most Italian immigration occurred during the late 19th century, with…