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Ed­i­ble al­tars, five food fests and one Tough Mud­der.

De­spite its name and Span­ish-in­flu­enced ar­chi­tec­ture, the French Quar­ter was known as “Lit­tle Italy” dur­ing the late 19th cen­tury, due to its large Sicilian pop­u­la­tion. Each March the city cel­e­brates its Ital­ian her­itage by erect­ing St. Joseph al­tars in honor of the pa­tron saint Si­cil­ians prayed to dur­ing the Mid­dle Ages to stave off famine. Visit one of New Or­leans’ many Catholic churches on St. Joseph Day (March 19)—from St. Louis Cathe­dral in Jack­son Square to St. Alphon­sus in the Ir­ish Chan­nel—and you’ll see mas­sive tiered trib­utes laden with food of­fer­ings pre­pared by par­ish­ioners. But al­tars aren’t just con­fined to re­li­gious spa­ces. You’ll also spot them at the In­ter­na­tional House Ho­tel (March 13-20; p. 63), the Beau­re­gard-Keyes House (March 16-18; p. 45) and Avo (March 18; p. 28), among other lo­ca­tions.

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