APRIL 8-10, 2022
The 21st Annual Festa Italiana is a festival celebrating the rich Italian Heritage of Kenner, LA in the food, music, and culture of its people. Located at 400 Block of Williams Blvd. in Kenner's historic Rivertown, enjoy arts & crafts, historical displays, games, live music, and of course, delicious Italian food!st
$10 for adults. Kids 12 years of age and younger are free when accompanied by an adult.
Music from Lena Prima, Vanessa Racci, The Vince Chiarelli Band, The Victory Bells, The Molly Ringwalds, The Chee Weez, The Topcats & The Bucktown All-Stars!
The day was inspired by the customs shared by many Kenner residents, such as the St. Rosalie Procession in Rivertown. The procession is held in September each year and all are welcome to join in.
"The city of Kenner at one time was the center of the community for many Italian families," said Nick Congemi, Retired Kenner Police Chief and Chairman of the event. Congemi also said the area has been historically associated with Italians who were successful farmers and hard workers in many professions. His uncle, Angelo Arnone, settled in Independence, Louisiana as did many other Italians, and recalled rail cars full of products being shipped from Independence and Kenner stores throughout the country.
Because times have changed and families don't stay as close as they once were, Chief Congemi said people tend to forget their ancestors' sacrifices, such as leaving their homeland to work sugar plantations in Louisiana for fifty cents a day. The Kenner Italian Heritage Festival will pay tribute to their accomplishments.
Learn more here.
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