I interviewed a friend of mine who prefers to stay anonymous during this interview, however he will explain to us his activities during St. Joseph’s day. My friend lives in New Orleans which has a high volume Italian community, therefore many of them take part in St. Joseph’s day activities.
Q: Tell me the first thing you do in the morning on St. Joseph’s day?
A: I wake up, brush my teeth, put on my stretchy pants and start eating
Q:What are some of the events that take place on this day?
A:Well, many people go to church and attend mass, and then food is placed in front of the alter for people to eat. In New Orleans we also have organizations that make big feasts and give food out to the less fortunate people of the city who cannot afford to make a feast on St. Joseph’s Day. Then there is an annual St. Joseph’s Day parade in New Orleans where many different ethnic organizations perform during the parade. It’s a must-do event in New Orleans during this time of year.
Q: Where does the parade take place
A: Around the French Quarter in New Orleans.
Q: Do only Italians come to this parade?
A: Definately not, all different nationalities and ethnicities come to see the parade, just to have fun and learn about the Italian culture and traditions of New Orleans.
Q: What did you eat on St. Josephs Day?
A: Well [sigh], are you ready to make a list? [laughs] Some Cardoni[a celery like vegetable that is served as antipasto] and Fava Beans, Pasta Milanese [pasta with thick red sauce], Bacala [salty dried codfish], Pasta con Sardi [pasta with real sardines], about 50 zappole [laughs], and some other cakes and cookies along the way. Good thing I wore my stretchy pants.
Q:What do you love most about St. Joseph’s Day?
A: I love spending time with family and friends, being Italian I grew up knowing that food and family are the two most important factors in having a good time, so I guess just having that feeling of togetherness that is lost over the course of the year, is a good feeling on St. Joseph’s Day. And I also really love the feeling of helping people in need on this day, and helping the less fortunate have a nice home cooked meal.