Sicilians in Independence Louisiana trace their history to the 1880s. Much like the New Orleans French Quarter, during the period 1885-1915 thousands of Sicilians migrated to Tangipahoa Parish to the railroad towns of Amite, Hammond, and Ponchatoula. The main crop was strawberries.
The first festival was held in 1972 and named “The Little Italy Festival.” In 2008 the name was changed to the “Sicilian Heritage Festival.” A major factor in the continuity of Sicilian Heritage is the orginal Mater Dolorosa Church, which is now the Italian Cultural Museum. Many artifacts have been donated. The Museum is open during the festival, which annually is the second weekend in March.
The Spaghetti Cook-Off is March 7th, 2020 and begins at 8:00 A.M. @ Festival Square. Set up is @ 7:30 A.M. at 312 E Railroad Ave. Judging at 12:00 P.M. Spaghetti and Gravy(Sauce) must be prepared on location.
The Parade is March 14th, 2018 with line up @ 9:00 A.M.
The Parade Rolls @ 10:00 A.M. Line up will be behind Independence High School on Marretta St. west on Tiger Ave., cross the railroad tracks, turn right on Pine St. Continue to end of route at Mater Dolorosa Church. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spaghetti Eating Contest is Mar 14, 2020 from 12-12:30pm
Meatball Toss Mar 14, 2020 from 12:30-1pm. Festival queens from around the state compete.
11th Annual Miss Pageant $1,500.00 Scholarship
Sunday, April 5th, 2020 at Mater Dolorosa School Gym
509 Pine St. Independence, LA 70443
Entry Deadline for Miss Pageant: Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
Please be advised of the meeting at the Independence City Hall
at 6:00 p.m. on April 3rd,2019
473 W Railroad Ave Independence, La 70443
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June 27th, 2020
Mater Dolorosa Gym
The Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival is normally held the second weekend in March. For more information visit the Festival Web Site https://www.indysicilianfest.com/
For more information on other events in Independence and the Museum visit the Independence Museum Web Site https://www.indymuseum.org/events.html