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.

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