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).
Historic French Quarter Easter Parade
At 9:45 a.m. on Easter Sunday (April 17) 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.
Sadly, Chris Owens passed away this April – just days before the Easter Day parade. This year, we expect the event to both celebrate Easter and the Queen of Bourbon Street herself. 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. Learn more.
On Easter Sunday, gather at the river for brunch on the Riverboat City of New Orleans. The Easter Bunny will be onboard for the morning cruise at 11:30 a.m. and will be available for boarding photos. Make reservations.
On April 9 from 10-1 p.m., hop over to NOMA for an Easter egg hunt eggstraordinaire, including music, art activities, face painting, hula hooping, a juggler/magician, a petting zoo...they have it all, y’all. Learn more.