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Easter celebrations, parades, and events happening in New Orleans this weekend

From egg hunts to exciting parades

New Orleans Celebrates Easter Sunday
New Orleans has several parades and activities that take place during Easter.
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Easter weekend is a busy time in New Orleans. On Saturday, part of the city turns into a 6.2-mile course for the 40th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic 10k. And the rest of the weekend holds several kid-friendly egg hunts and three French Quarter Easter parades.

Here’s a list of seven Easter events taking place this weekend, March 31 and April 1.

Saturday, March 31

NORDC Easter Eggtravaganza

This Saturday, NORDC will host a free Easter egg hunt at Joe W. Brown Park (5601 Read Boulevard) for children 12 and under. Participants are encouraged to bring their own baskets to collect eggs filled with candy and prizes. Several games and activities will be available between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Egg-travaganza (City Putt)

On Saturday and Sunday, City Putt will hold an Easter Egg Putt Party. For $10 a person, each person gets a round of mini golf, a raffle ticket and free soft drinks and candy. A Easter craft table will also be available for children.

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Easter Keg Hunt

The NOLA Brewing Company will host an adult scavenger hunt from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m at the 504 Craft Beer Reserve on Tulane Avenue. Teams of two to six people will be given clues that lead to a party with free drinks and live music. There will also be awards for best team costume, best individual costume, and best team name. For registration details, visit the official NOLA Brewing website.

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Easter Egg Hunt, Lower 9th Ward

The Lower 9th Ward Living Museum will host a free Easter egg hunt for children 12 and under from 11 a.m. to to 2 p.m. Children eat for free during the hunt (adults will be charged $5 for food).

Sunday, April 1

Historic French Quarter Easter Parade

On Easter morning, this will be the first to run through the French Quarter. At 9:45 a.m., the parade route starts at Antoine’s Restaurant and will make its way to the St. Louis Cathedral. It will showcase mule-drawn carriages and classic cars. You’ll also have a chance to catch various Easter trinkets, including stuffed bunnies. At 11 a.m. the parade will break for mass at the St. Louis Cathedral.

After mass, French Quarter Easter Parade will hold an Easter attire contest for the best bonnet, Easter basket, and overall Easter attire.

Chris Owens Easter Parade

Starting at 1 p.m. The 35th annual Chis Owens French Quarter Easter Parade will roll at St. Louis and Royal streets, roll to Royal and Canal streets, make its way to St. Philip Street and return to the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel at the intersection of St. Louis and Royal streets.

This Sunday parade will feature Grand Duchess of the Easter Parade, Chris Owen. You’ll also find several floats and marching bands. Bring a bag, because there will be tons of Easter-centric throws.

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Gay Easter Parade

The 19th Annual Gay Easter parade will have several carriages, wagons and trolleys, bands, and walking groups. 
Starting at 4:30 p.m., this Sunday parade will begin at the arch at Louis Armstrong Park. It will then make its way down St. Ann Street, turn left on Bourbon Street, left on Esplanade Avenue, right on Royal Street, right on St. Louis Avenue, and right on Rampart Street.

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