It’s almost time for the second Sicilian Celebration. The event is set for Saturday, March 21. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sam Guarino Blacksmith Shop Museum and Heritage Center, located at 340 S. State St. in Abbeville.

Debbie Garrot, one the event’s organizers, said this will be a celebration of the history of Sicilian heritage here in Vermilion Parish. There was massive immigration in the late 1800s and early 1900s and New Orleans was a destination for many. A large number of those immigrants traveled to Vermilion Parish and descendents still reside here today.

Names such as Piazza, Campisi, Guzzardo, and many other surnames originated from the far away land of Sicily. The celebration will hold a cooking contest, tours of the Blacksmith Shop Museum, live music, as well as imported wine and beer that will be available for purchase. Admission is free. Garrot said there are teams still being sought for the cooking contest.

Originally published in the Abbeville Meridional, March 4, 2020