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Starting Saturday, there are several opportunities to celebrate Easter throughout the city.
Starting Saturday, there are several opportunities to celebrate Easter throughout the city.
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Easter celebrations, parades, and events in New Orleans

There's always a reason to parade in New Orleans

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Starting Saturday, there are several opportunities to celebrate Easter throughout the city.
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While Easter weekend in New Orleans is often known for turning the city into a 6.2 mile race course, it is also a time of celebration. From the annual Chis Owens Easter Parade, to a kid-friendly egg-hunt held at Joe W. Brown Park, there are several Easter-inspired activities taking place throughout the city.

Here's a list of eight Easter events taking place this weekend, April 15 and 16.

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1. The Historic French Quarter Easter Parade (Sunday, 9:45 a.m.)

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713 St Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70130
On Easter morning, The Historic French Quarter Easter Parade will run through the French Quarter. The route starts at Antoine’s Restaurant and will make its way to the St. Louis Cathedral. The parade starts promptly at 9:45 a.m. and will roll until 11 a.m., pausing to break for mass at the St. Louis Cathedral. The parade will showcase mule-drawn carriages and classic convertibles. Throws during the parade include Easter trinkets for children and coveted stuffed Easter bunnies.

2. Easter bonnet, basket and attire competition (Follows parade)

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615 Pere Antoine Aly
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-9585
Following mass at the St. Louis Cathedral, The Historic French Quarter Easter Parade will hold an Easter attire contest. Prizes will be awarded to the participants with the best bonnet, Easter basket and overall Easter attire.

3. Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade (Sunday, 1 p.m.)

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St. Louis and Royal Street
New Orleans, LA
The 34th annual Chis Owens French Quarter Easter Parade will start 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.

The parade will feature Grand Duchess of the Easter Parade Chris Owen, floats, marching bands, and several Easter-themed throws.

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4. Gay Easter Parade (Sunday, 4:30 p.m.)

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North Rampart Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
The 18th Annual Gay Easter parade will have 29 carriages, wagons and trolleys, seven convertibles, two bands, and 10 walking groups. 


Starting at 4:30 p.m., the parade starts at the Arch at Louis Armstrong Park, makes its way down St. Ann Street, turns 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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5. Hoppin' Down the River (Saturday, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)

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1 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130
On the Saturday before Easter, the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen turns into a Easter-themed cruise, filled a Buffett and kid-friendly activities and games. Boarding times start at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Admission for adults is $59, $39 for children ages 3-12, and $10 for children two and under.

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6. NORDC Easter Eggtravaganza (Saturday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.)

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Joe W. Brown Memorial Park, 5601 Read Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127
This Saturday, NORDC is hosting a free Easter egg hunt at Joe W. Brown Park for children 12 and under. Participants are encouraged to bring their own baskets to to collect eggs filled with candy and prizes. Several games and activities will be available between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

7. Egg-travaganza (Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

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

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1. The Historic French Quarter Easter Parade (Sunday, 9:45 a.m.)

713 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130
On Easter morning, The Historic French Quarter Easter Parade will run through the French Quarter. The route starts at Antoine’s Restaurant and will make its way to the St. Louis Cathedral. The parade starts promptly at 9:45 a.m. and will roll until 11 a.m., pausing to break for mass at the St. Louis Cathedral. The parade will showcase mule-drawn carriages and classic convertibles. Throws during the parade include Easter trinkets for children and coveted stuffed Easter bunnies.
713 St Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70130

2. Easter bonnet, basket and attire competition (Follows parade)

615 Pere Antoine Aly, New Orleans, LA 70116
Following mass at the St. Louis Cathedral, The Historic French Quarter Easter Parade will hold an Easter attire contest. Prizes will be awarded to the participants with the best bonnet, Easter basket and overall Easter attire.
615 Pere Antoine Aly
New Orleans, LA 70116

3. Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade (Sunday, 1 p.m.)

St. Louis and Royal Street, New Orleans, LA
The 34th annual Chis Owens French Quarter Easter Parade will start 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.

The parade will feature Grand Duchess of the Easter Parade Chris Owen, floats, marching bands, and several Easter-themed throws.

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St. Louis and Royal Street
New Orleans, LA

4. Gay Easter Parade (Sunday, 4:30 p.m.)

North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
The 18th Annual Gay Easter parade will have 29 carriages, wagons and trolleys, seven convertibles, two bands, and 10 walking groups. 


Starting at 4:30 p.m., the parade starts at the Arch at Louis Armstrong Park, makes its way down St. Ann Street, turns 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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North Rampart Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

5. Hoppin' Down the River (Saturday, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)

1 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130
On the Saturday before Easter, the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen turns into a Easter-themed cruise, filled a Buffett and kid-friendly activities and games. Boarding times start at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Admission for adults is $59, $39 for children ages 3-12, and $10 for children two and under.

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1 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130

6. NORDC Easter Eggtravaganza (Saturday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.)

Joe W. Brown Memorial Park, 5601 Read Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70127
This Saturday, NORDC is hosting a free Easter egg hunt at Joe W. Brown Park for children 12 and under. Participants are encouraged to bring their own baskets to to collect eggs filled with candy and prizes. Several games and activities will be available between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Joe W. Brown Memorial Park, 5601 Read Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127

7. Egg-travaganza (Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

New Orleans, LA
On Saturday and Sunday, City Putt will hold an Easter Egg Putt Party. Each person will get a round of mini golf, a raffle ticket and free soft drinks and candy. A craft table will also be available for children. Admission is $10 per person.

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