March 3, 2020

Sicily Journal

From Immigrants to Leaders

Little Palermo Tour App

The app has over 60 points of interest with 35 in the French Quarter
Italian points of interest extend outside New Orleans

From Nola.com’s 2018 series on the 300th Anniversary of the founding of New Orleans.

“Starting in 1884 and continuing through to 1924, an estimated 290,000 Italian immigrants — a great deal of them from Sicily — arrived in New Orleans, fleeing economic and political turmoil. In short order, their indelible influence would be felt on the city.

With the French Quarter no longer a fashionable address, many of the city’s more well-heeled residents moved Uptown, leaving the city’s newcomers to set up shop there and in surrounding neighborhoods. In fact, they did so literally: So many Italian-owned mom-and-pop corner groceries dotted the French Quarter, and so many Italian farmers sold their wares in the French Market, that the Quarter eventually became unofficially known as “Little Palermo.” “