Throw me somethin’: Italian-American parade rolls Saturday _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Lauren Smith of the Muff-A-Lottas dance group, dances with Madeline Strassel, 5, of New Orleans Saturday, March 15, 2014, during the Italian American Marching Club’s 44th annual St. Josheph’s Parade in the French Quarter. The grand marshal was recording artist Lena Prima, daughter of the celebrated Louis Prima. The queen was Holly Anne Savoie and Caesar was Armando Anthony Asaro. The parade featured music, floats, dancing groups, motorcycles and buggies.

With St. Patrick’s parades and their tossed cabbages in the recent past, we look forward to fava beans and kisses during the 46th annual Italian-American St. Joseph’s Day Parade starting at 6 p.m. Saturday at Canal and Chartres streets, then heading into the French Quarter.

The queen is Kaylie Badalamenti Cotoire Hyde. Grand marshal is Joseph Siravo; parade marshals are Lena Prima, John Ferrucci and Micahael Badalucco. The parade includes floats, bands, maids and lots of marchers in tuxedoes.

For information about the club, visit, and for parade route information visit www.stpatricks

Egg scramble

The annual City Park Easter Egg Hunt will include a scramble for more than 36,000 candy-filled eggs at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, 7 Victory Ave.

Gates open at 9 a.m., and tickets are limited. The cost is $10 per person, and the event, sponsored by The “Angry Birds” movie, is recommended for children 8 and younger.

Entertainment includes face painting, balloon artists and music. Bring your camera to capture photos with the Easter Bunny. Golden eggs will hold special prizes, including tickets for amusement rides and City Putt golf. Buckets will be provided to collect eggs.

To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.New or the Tolmas Center at 5 Victory Ave. For information, call (504) 843-9402.

Jazz on the Green

Enjoy an evening of music and food at Jazz on the Green at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Bethany United Methodist Church, 4533 Mendez St.

The gala will honor the memory of Bethany friend and musical genius Allen Toussaint, and performers include Warren Batiste, Clark Knighton, 4X4 Band, Silk and Satin, DEA-2-SAV, A.J. Loria, Bobby Love, Roy Joseph, Cordell Chambliss, Ron Bailey and Phyliss Cyprian.

Admission is a donation of $50. For information, call (504) 324-5056.

Veterans a priority

Veterans registered with Delgado Veterans Affairs may schedule early for summer and fall classes Wednesday through Sunday on the Delgado Community College online student services system LoLA at

Business tax help

The Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office will hold free question-and-answer sessions to help businesses fill out LAT5 Business Personal Property Self Reporting forms electronically at www.nola

The info sessions will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, March 28, and Thursday, March 31, at the Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office at City Hall, 4th floor, 1300 Perdido St. Space is limited. For reservations, call (504) 897-6110 or email

Blood drive

The St. Pius X Catholic Church Men’s Club will hold a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the school, 6600 Spanish Fort Blvd.

In cooperation with The Blood Center, the club expects to welcome its 1,000th donor since Hurricane Katrina. That person will receive a Mandina’s Restaurant gift certificate and other goodies. Donors may receive family blood replacement for a year, T-shirts and chocolate Easter bunnies available while supplies last. Blood pressure and cholesterol will be checked.

For information, send an email to Blood Drive chairman Robert Drouant at

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at