March 21st, 2010

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St. Joseph's Day

New Orleans, my old stomping ground and the home of my paternal French ancestors for many generations, has many rich spiritual traditions that thrive and are passed down throughout the generations.  I live in Georgia now, six or more hours away from friends and family in Alabama and Louisiana, but I still love these traditions and keep a tab on them from my new home in Georgia.  New Orleans has a rich tradition of St. Joseph's Day festivities as well. Times-Picayune food editor Judy Walker took some photos of some of the amazing altars on display this past Friday, and posted them online.  Take a look here:

St. Joseph's Church in Gretna
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Sacred Heart cake.

St. Lucy (etc) pie.

And Sindy Todo, whose heritage includes Cajun ancestry from gumbo-land, hosts an annual St. Joseph's Day feast with lovely altars.