Italian American Club to crown royalty at fest Sunday in Piazza d’Italia _lowres

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- The Italian American Marching Club will hold its annual parade pre-party with the crowning of their queen in New Orleans on March 13. Girls perform the tarantella at the 2014 event.

The Italian American Marching Club will hold a free festival Sunday at the Piazza d’Italia, kicking off a week of celebration that culminates in its annual parade.

The club will crown Kaylie Badalamenti Catoire Hyde, daughter of Emmett and Cherie Hyde, its queen at 11:45 a.m. at the piazza, 300 Poydras St.

She will be joined by her court of 80 in dancing the tarantella, a lively Italian folk dance.

The festivities also will include Italian food and drink and music by singer Lena Prima.

Sunday’s events are a celebration for the Italian community.

The week concludes with a party featuring “the world’s largest plate of pasta” at noon Friday at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside and the annual St. Joseph’s Day parade through the French Quarter on Saturday.

For more information, see www.iamcnola.org.