Annual Baton Rouge July Festa Cancelled


The annual Baton Rouge Italian Heritage Festa will be cancelled for 2020 as adjusting to the social distancing rules under Corona Virus is too problematic. Many of the events do not work under the social distancing rules. For 2020 the American Italian Federation of the Southeast planned to have its bi-annual convention the Saturday of the Festa.

The Baton Rouge Italian Heritage Festa is hosted by the Baton Rouge American Italian Association. Please put 2021 on your calendar for this great event.

Prices shown are from 2019.

The Federation plans to have a luncheon on Saturday followed by the business meeting. The Federation was started in 1972 by Joseph Maselli with a charter to have bi-annual conventions. Financially it is in good standing.

Events of the 2019 Festa

2020 Federation Agenda Items

In 2019 Charles E. Marsala succeeded Victor Musso as President of the Federation, which currently has fifteen dues paying organizations. Marsala has been working on several Italian Heritage Projects: Heritage Markers in the French Quarter; 8-episode TV show airing October and November 2020 on WLAE-TV Sundays at 9pm; and a free tour app of “Little Palermo.”

Two lodges of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America were opened in Louisiana in May 2020. The ISDA platform can help Louisana Italian Heritage Clubs with its digital platform.

The Italian Sons and Daughters of America has over 700,000 followers on Facebook
The ISDA is run my Basil & Pat Russo of Cleveland Ohio. The Russo family sponsors an Italian filmmakers competition annually through NIAF.
Pat & Basil’s sons, Joe and Tony, have started Pizza Film School

Suggestions for the American Italian Federation of the Southeast should be directed to Charles Marsala.