Italian Heritage Festival

 

Due to concerns over COVID-19, Italian Fest will be postponed, not canceled. It is the intention of the organizers to reschedule for the fall. Stay tuned for more info.

Celebrate the rich Italian heritage that was an integral part of the formation of Kenner, LA at the Kenner Italian Heritage Festival. Held each spring in the 400 Block of Williams Boulevard, bring the whole family to this fun-filled festival! Enjoy arts & crafts, carnival rides, games, live music and of course, delicious Italian food!

Italian Heritage Festival

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. "Since that time, it seems those families have moved away and not returned to the culture and city they were raised in. We're trying to create a nice, community-type fair, to make it similar to a family reunion where people come to meet and enjoy each other's company at least once a year."

Italian FestivalLive music features headliner, Lena Prima, New York’s own, Vanessa Racci, straight from Chicago, Vince Chiarelli, the WWII Museum’s Victory Belles, The Molly Ringwalds, The Chee-Weez and Bucktown All-Stars. Try all of the delicious Italian specialties such as crabmeat raviolis, cannolis, muffalettas, fig and seed cookies, brociolone and more!

The festival lines Williams Boulevard from the river to the railroad tracks. Festival hours are Friday, April 3rd 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday, April 4th 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 5th 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. There is an entrance fee for adults of $10 while all kids 12 years of age and younger are free when accompanied by an adult. These funds go toward putting on the festival each year.

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.

$10 for adults. Kids 12 years of age and younger are free when accompanied by an adult.

2020 Date: April 3-5

Learn more here.

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