Every year on March 19, devout Catholics celebrate St. Joseph’s Day, also known as the Feast of St. Joseph, by erecting elaborate altars decorated in wreaths, crosses and Italian pastries and dishes.

The tradition, which dates back to the Middle Ages when Sicilians paid homage to St. Joseph for his help in deliverance from famine, has been carried on as a means to give thanks for good fortune, share with people who are less fortunate and to ask for healing of the sick.

The Knights of Columbus Archbishop Rummel Council 5747 and its Ladies Auxiliary will once again host their annual St. Joseph’s Day Altar at the council home, 2107 Paris Road, Chalmette. The viewing will take place from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, and the public feeding will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday.

For information, call (504) 271-0537.

Arabi resident Mary Ann Pierce also will carry on a St. Joseph’s Day Altar tradition she started in St. Bernard in 2006 with a viewing from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and the feeding at noon on Sunday next to her place of business, Courtesy Discount House, 7829 W. St. Bernard Highway in Arabi. The public is invited.

For information, call (504) 277-8106.

Lenten seafood dinner

St. Bernard Catholic Church will hold a Lenten seafood dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the church, 2805 Bayou Road, St. Bernard community.

The menu will include fried shrimp, oysters and fish; seafood gumbo; jambalaya; shrimp fettuccine; homemade stuffed crab; and desserts. Prices range from $5 to $16. Dine-in and takeout orders will be accepted.

For more information, call (504) 281.2267.

Crawfish Festival

The Louisiana Crawfish Festival will celebrate 41 years of serving up the tasty crustaceans every way imaginable when it returns at the end of this month.

Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Archbishop Rummel Council 5747, the festival, set for March 31 through April 3, draws more than 100,000 spectators annually who descend on the grounds of the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center in Chalmette to enjoy live music, rides, crafts and plenty of boiled crawfish, as well as specialty dishes like crawfish bread, crawfish soup and crawfish étouffée.

Since 1975, the festival has been hailed as St. Bernard Parish’s largest gathering of both locals and residents from neighboring parishes and across the country. Festival hours are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5.

This year’s musical lineup won’t disappoint, with performances on March 31 by HitNRun and on April 1 by At Fault and Category 6. On April 2, Nashville South, Voodoo Gumbo and The Molly Ringwalds will perform, and Bruce Daigrepont, The Boogie Men and Groovy 7 will hit the stage April 3.

Information is available at louisianacrawfishfestival.com.

Nunez job fair

Nunez Community College will hold its annual spring job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23 in the college’s Administration Building, 3710 Paris Road in Chalmette.

The job fair is open to the public. Job-seekers should bring copies of their résumé with them. Employers in attendance will include St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District, Trinity Neurologic Rehab Center, Audubon Nature Institute, Boasso America Corp. Cajun Industries, Operating Engineers Local 406, Arc of Greater New Orleans, Harrah’s New Orleans, East Jefferson General Hospital, Lofton Staffing, Upper Iowa University, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, Royal Sonesta Hotels, Marriott of New Orleans and General Heating and Air Condition.

Employers interested in participating in the job fair can contact Katie Charrier at kcharrier@nunez.edu or (504) 278-6229.

Quilt challenge exhibit

In honor of last year’s bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans, the Chalmette Battlefield Visitor Center is hosting an international traveling exhibit of the best of show quilts from the Great Seaways Trail War of 1812 Quilt Challenge. The exhibit will be on display through March 31 at the Battlefield, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway in Chalmette.

Quilt challenge participants made the 22 quilts on exhibit in “cot to coffin” size; the 30-inch by 70-inch quilts were big enough to cover an army cot or serve as a burial shroud, yet small enough to roll and carry on the march. Quilt makers from throughout the United States and Canada were challenged to create quilts made with colors, fabric styles and techniques similar to those used in the War of 1812 era.

Admission to the park and the exhibit is free. Hours are daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call (504) 281-0510.

Kim Gritter writes about people, places and events in St. Bernard Parish. She can be reached at parishlines@gmail.com.