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Easter is a special time in New Orleans

We would like to share a poem with you that brings home the meaning of Easter to all of us. It was composed by a friend a couple of years ago. I hope you're as touched by it as much as I was.  Easter Poem »

Easter holiday is celebrated in the Crescent City with traditional church mass, egg hunts for the little ones, and fine-dining brunches. However, here in New Orleans we also celebrate with parades. This link is not related to New Orleans only, but don't miss it. These words have now been reprinted throughout the world: Easter poem.

Easter Sunday Mass

St. Louis Cathedral celebrates the Mass of the Risen Christ with services at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. If you can’t make it for Mass, the beautiful and historic church opens up to the public afterward.

Easter Brunch

Easter is celebrated in restaurants across the city with special brunch menus. Menus vary from Creole themed to more traditional Easter dining experiences. Check out NewOrleansRestaurants.com for a list of Easter brunch dining options.

Easter Egg Hunt

Each year the Carousel Gardens at City Park opens for the annual egg hunt.  It’s fun that kids eight and under will love and won’t forget about for a long time. The park staff hides more than 15,000 Easter eggs, including golden eggs with special prizes hidden inside.  The fun starts at 10 a.m. with the little ones scavenging the garden for their share of Easter eggs. Bring the toddlers, because there will be a special area set up just for them.  This event generally takes place on the Saturday prior to Easter, but check with City Park to confirm!

Easter Sunday Parades

Historic French Quarter Parade

The story goes that the daughter of Count Arnaud started the Historic French Quarter Parade close to 100 years ago. Today the parade starts at 9:45 a.m. at Antoine's Restaurant (715 Rue St. Louis). It includes a stop for the 11 a.m. mass at the St. Louis Cathedral and resume parading at noon after a promenade in Jackson Square.  

The parade features stylish ladies in lovely hats handing out goodies via both carriages and convertibles and disbands in front of Antoine's where the ladies promenade through the main dining room handing out stuffed bunnies and Easter trinkets to the patrons.