1st Annual Sicilian Cucuzza Contest


Grow your own cucuzza and enter your cucuzza to be judged in two separate categories: longest and most bizzare. Prizes will be awarded in each category and a grand prize will be handed out to

the overall winner.


There will be samples of several cucuzza dishes. Recipes will be avalible for your favorites.


There is a $5 entry fee to enter your cucuzza. You may enter your cucuzza in each category. Judging will take place here at the museum on Saturday August 16, 2019.


Entries accepted from 10 am to 12 pm.

Cucuzza tasting from 12 pm to 1 pm.

Judging and winners will be announced 1 pm to 3 pm.


Cucuzza plants may be picked up at the Museum tent during the festival, March 7-10 or by contacting Larry Calmes at 985-878-6712. Plants are free to participants.


Every year to keep the museum going,  many Friends of the Museum volunteers bake, donate,  and sell authentic Italian cookies.  Pictured is Museum President Donnie Orlando working on the Italian Cookie Sales Fundraiser for the Museum

Museum Booth at the 2017 Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival

If we haven't said it enough, thank you to our sponsors for a successful 1st annual "A Night in Little Italy".

Come join us for our Sicilian language classes. Spring classes have already started, but stay tuned for the next time we have classes. In case your on the fence as to whether you should learn Sicilian, click on this link to understand why it means so much to Sicilian-Americans around the US.

Annual Fundraiser Events:


This museum relies primarily on two yearly fundraisers. The Homemade Italian Cookie Sale is between Thanksgiving and Christmas at the museum. During the Sicilian Heritage Festival, the museum operates the artichoke and Italian cookie booth at the festival.If you would like to help, call the museum at 985-878-2772 and please leave a message.  

PREPARATIONS FOR THE MUSEUM'S FIRST EVER "A NIGHT IN LITTLE ITALY SOTTO LE STELLE/UNDER THE STARS SEPT. 22 2018

Enjoying the Museum on the evening of the Inauguration are Mayor Angelo Mannino, Councilman Larry Cardaronella, Parish President Robby Miller, Donna Distefano Miller, and Museum Bd. member Brent Pizzalato.

INDEPENDENCE ITALIAN CULTURAL MUSEUM: VITAL TO THE COMMUNITY


Every March, the Independence Italian Cultural Museum hosts the royal receptions for Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival Board & Royalty, and every April,  the Tickfaw Italian Festival Board & Royalty to kick off both festivals.  June 2016, the new Mayoral and Town Council Inauguration took place in the museum.


Independence Italian Cultural Museum founder Victoria Candiotto and Sicilian Festival Bd. member Lisa Paine (2015)

Italian Cultural Museum Bd. members Libby Rose and Sandra Towle greet visitors during the Inauguration of the Mayor and Town Officials Open House June 2016.

Independence Mayor and Town Officials Inauguration June 2016

Independence Italian Cultural Museum