Donaldsonville Spaghetti Cook-off

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The festival included live music, a spaghetti cooking competition, vendor booths, and a historical display focusing on the Italian heritage of local families.

Common current Donaldsonville surnames like Sotile, Falsetta, and Pizzolato serve as an ingrained aspect of the area’s Italian influence.

The first Donaldsonville Festa Italiana, held Saturday at the Frank Sotile Pavilion, reveled in the cultural impact Italian immigrants and their descendants have made over many decades in the area.

The festival included live music, a spaghetti cooking competition, vendor booths, and a historical display focusing on the Italian heritage of local families. Chuck Montero served as disc jockey in the earlier portion of the event, and King PaKaYea’ Band performed later in the evening.

The City of Donaldsonville’s Community and Economic Development Director Lee Melancon organized the festival. Sponsors included city government, Ascension Tourism, CF Industries, Republic Services, Elray Kocke Services, Cliff Ourso – State Farm, Sheriff Bobby Webre, and Representative Ken Brass.

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