Christmas In New Orleans
Christmas is a truly special time in New Orleans. Garland decorates the building and holiday lights illuminate the city. There's a Christmas parade, caroling and the traditional Revillon dinners that you have to experience. If you're looking for that perfect gift for someone special, I'm certain that you can find it at one the hundreds of stores in the Crescent City.
New Year's Eve!
New Year's Eve Jackson SquareThere's hundreds of things to do New Year's Eve in New Orleans, but the most exciting might just be the activities at the historic Jackson Square. Each year there is festive music from local entertainers, a unique Fleur De Lis drop featuring baby new year and stunning fireworks exploding over the Mississippi River.
Think New Orleans and you probably think Mardi Gras. Most people have heard of Bourbon Street or seen it on television, but it's just one aspect of the carnival celebration in the city. The biggest part of this carnival is nearly a month-long affair with dozens of parades, hundreds of floats and an unforgettable atmosphere.
St. Joseph's Night
St. Joseph's Day night is traditionally the night that Mardi Gras Indians parade through their respective neighborhoods, dancing and chanting in the darkness in search of rival Indian gangs, showcasing their elaborate costumes and intricate beadwork to local residents and neighbors.
Mardi Gras Indians Super SundaysThere are three separate Super Sunday celebrations each year after St. Joseph's Night on March 19th: Uptown Super Sunday, organized by the Indian Council; Downtown Indian Sunday, sponsored by Tambourine and Fan; and Westbank Super Sunday, put on by the Mohawk Hunters. Mardi Gras Indians from different areas of the city gather for parades, second lines, and to show off the artistry of their costumes and beadwork. Accompanying the parades are musical acts, food, activities for kids, and more!
St. Patrick's Day
New York isn't the only city with a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Here in the Big Easy we celebrate this Irish themed holiday with multiple parades over a span of three weeks. Instead of beads like they throw from floats during Mardi Gras, during the Patty's Day parades there’s carrots, cabbages, moonpies, potatoes and onions.
St. Joseph's Day
Italian-American Marching Club ParadeSponsored by the Italian-American Marching Club, one of the largest ethnic organizations in the southeastern United States, the St. Joseph’s Day Parade is held annually and rolls through the French Quarter. Click here for photos of previous years' parades!
Easter In New OrleansEaster in New Orleans starts with the outdoor Church services spread across the city or you can head to St. Louis Cathedral to enjoy a traditional mass in the historic church. After church, head over to one of the many find New Orleans restaurants serving brunch. There's also at least four major Easter egg hunts every year. Wrap up the day by enjoying one of the three Easter parades. There's something for everyone.
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4th of July
Halloween In New OrleansNew Orleans knows how to celebrate Halloween. It starts with the VooDoo Fest, a weekend of concerts that features the biggest names in music. Then there's Krewe of Boo, New Orleans' official Halloween parade ; and Boo in the Zoo, a family friendly Halloween event at the beautiful Audubon Zoo. For those that are brave, there's haunted hotels to stay in, haunted bars to visit. There's even tours that tell the ghost stories of the city and venture into the legendary above ground cemeteries. Since, it's New Orleans you can be guaranteed there's at least one parade.