NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A huge weekend of celebrations started for some folks as they kicked off with a huge bowl of pasta at the Italian American Marching Club's annual celebration.
Katherine Hauck attends the event occasionally.
“I think it's wonderful, it's wonderful,” she said.
As the pile of pasta con sardi builds, so does the excitement. Like so many things in New Orleans it's the food and music that make this event so special. The 500 pounds of pasta, 150 gallons of gravy, 50 pounds of cheese and a topping of bread crumbs that represent the sawdust of St. Joseph all come together to create the community feast.
It's a lunchtime tradition where the history is as deep as the pasta bowl.
“This is our 45th year of the Italian American Marching Club parading, and it's important because we keep our heritage alive,” said club member Darryl Coretello. “We are celebrating not only our heritage and bring people into it with us, but we want people to celebrate their own heritage as well - just as we do. We want everybody passionate about their heritage because we sure are.”