Easter is a special time in New Orleans
Easter 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.
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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 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 Hunts
Every year, there are several Easter Eggs hunts around the city, including, The New Canal Lighthouse Alligator Egg Hunt, the Longue Vue Easter Egg Hunt, City Park Egg Scramble, NOMA Egg Hunt and Family Festival. Grab your Easter basket and join the fun!
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. Usually, 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 parading resumes 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.
Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade
At 1 p.m., the Annual Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade rolls, beginning at the corner of St. Louis and Royal, continuing down Royal to Canal to St. Phillip Street and wrapping up at St. Louis and Royal. There will be wonderful floats, bands, beads, and eggstra-special Easter throws. Plus, Grand Duchess Chris Owens will be dressed in an Easter ensemble she created herself.