New Orleans celebrates Easter every year with egg hunts, jazz cruises, parades, and, of course, church services. Don’t spend Easter morning with your head in your Easter basket. Here are some eggcellent ideas (if we do say so ourselves).
St. Louis Cathedral certainly isn’t the only place you can celebrate Easter Mass but, if you’ve never been, make this the year. On Holy Saturday, you can attend the Easter Virgil Mass at 8 p.m. or, on Sunday, you can worship at the Mass of the Risen Christ at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Click here for the Holy Week Mass Schedule.
At 9:45 a.m. the Historic French Quarter Easter Parade departs Antoine’s Restaurant and heads toward St. Louis Cathedral for 11 a.m. Mass. The parade features mule-drawn carriages and old convertibles with plenty of stuffed Easter bunnies and other trinkets for the kids. After Mass, parade participants promenade in Jackson Square, showing off their Easter bonnets. Learn more.
At 1 p.m., join the fun at the 35th Annual Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade. The procession will begin at the corner of St. Louis and Royal, continue down Royal to Canal to St. Phillip Street and wrap up at St. Louis and Royal. Expect festive floats, marching bands, beads, and special Easter throws. Grand Duchess Chris Owens will be dressed in an Easter ensemble she designed herself. Learn more.
Second line over the Marigny for the Krewe du Fool Parade at 6 p.m. on April 1. The krewe invites you to come as the biggest fool you know – even if it's yourself! The fun begins at Mimi’s Bar at the Corner of Franklin Ave and Royal St. Here's the route.
On Easter Sunday, gather at the river for the Steamboat NATCHEZ Easter Jazz Buffet Brunch. There will be music by Duke Heitger’s Steamboat Stompers and a special appearance from the Easter Bunny. Come enjoy Shrimp & Grits, Brown Sugar Pineapple Glazed Ham, Biscuits and Gravy, White Chocolate Bread Pudding and more. The cruise lasts from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. with boarding beginning at 11 a.m. Reservations are required. Call 504-569-1401, 1-800-233-2628 or book here.
Easter Egg Hunts
On March 3, 2018 from 1-4 p.m., Thinkerella and the New Canal Lighthouse will be hosting the first Alligator Easter Egg hunt. (Some Easter eggs will be filled with special surprises!) Come on down for Louisiana-themed experiments and art, food, shopping, and an alligator bunny! Tickets include a science lab coat and a free tour of the lighthouse. Learn more
On March 24, 2018, bring your Easter Basket to Longue Vue House and Gardens for an egg hunt, face-painting, lawn games and more! The morning egg hunt is from 9:30-10:30 am. The afternoon egg hunt is from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Learn more.
On March 24th, 2018 and March 25, 2018 from 9-12:00 p.m., join us at New Orleans City Park for music, face painting, a balloon artist and of course, the Easter Bunny. There will be over 36,000 eggs for your kids to find and 100 special golden eggs containing tickets to City Park attractions. Easter baskets will be provided for the kids. Learn more.
On March 24, 2018 from 10-1 p.m., hop over to NOMA for an Easter egg hunt eggstraordinaire, art activities, separate bounce houses for kids and toddlers, music, face painting, hula hooping, a juggler/magician, a petting zoo...they have it all, y’all. Learn more.
Plug 15442 Jack Fork Rd. in Folsom in to your GPS and head out to the Big Sky Ranch for this fun family event. The Easter celebration will include live music, an egg hunt, a hay ride, a silent auction to raise money for the Catnip Foundation, a professional photographer for family photos, a Bloody Mary bar, and a farm-to-table organic brunch with cuisine from famous guest chefs. The cost is $45 and the fun will last from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For reservations, all 985-276-0270. Learn more.
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