Marsala Cultural Fund

Little Palermo of New Orleans / Marsala Cultural Fund

The Marsala Cultural Fund was established in 2015 to expand, promote, and honor Italian Heritage and Culture.

MISSION: This Fund supports efforts to protect and preserve vulnerable elements of our culture related to our heritage, our traditions, and critical species.

On May 11, 1860
On 11 May 1860 Giuseppe Garibaldi landed at Marsala, beginning the process of Italian Italian unification.  The region is known for wine, oranges, and lemons. The first lemons brought to America were from the Marsala region to New Orleans. 

The fund has made videos to document the migration from Palermo into the New Orleans French Quarter by Sicilians and migration to outlying areas as told through the owners of long-time family owned restaurants.

The fund conducts interviews of celebrities on cultural and their family traditions. Videos are displayed on public broadcasting, Italian Cultural Organizations, and the You Tube Channel, AWE News.

30-minute episodes on the Sicilian Immigration into New Orleans

1. 1890 Little Palermo, Mother Cabrini, Italian Lynching, The Sicilian History in the French Quarter

2. Italian Festivals in New Orleans Area: A Taste of Italy, Opera, Muffuletta, Bocce, Republic Day

3. Lena Prima, St. Joseph's day, Nick LaRocca changes “Jass” to “Jazz”

4. Local Italian Chefs, National Entertainment Celebrities, and National Sports Stars Annual Banquet

The fund creates awareness of the Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana award for promoting the Italian Culture during the 1940s through 1970s. This award is often given out on the anniversary of Italian Republic Day, which is June 2, 1946. In 2015, the fund sponsored the first Italian Republic Day Celebration in the New Orleans Area, held at the Italian Bocce Club in Metairie, LA.