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Easter in New Orleans

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There are several parades this Easter Sunday in New Orleans, and all have parties before and after that are open to the public.

The first to roll is the Historic French Quarter Parade started by the daughter of Count Arnaud long ago. The Parade of carriages and convertibles will leave Arnaud's Restaurant at 10:30 a.m. It goes down Bienville Street to Dauphine Street, Iberville Street, and Bourbon Street. The parade then turns onto Toulouse Street to Royal Street. Participants will promenade in Jackson Square before attending the noon Mass at St. Louis Cathedral, after which they go back to Arnaud's.

The Chris Owens Easter Parade also rolls Sunday. The celebration starts at the Astor Crowne Hotel Ballroom at 11:00 a.m. with a continental breakfast, Hat Contest and entertainment. The parade rolls at 1 p.m. through the French Quarter.

Also in the French Quarter this Easter is the annual gay parade . It starts at 3:00 p.m. with a party at Micheal's On The Park, 834 N. Rampart St. The parade rolls at 4 p.m. and goes through the French Quarter. There's a post parade party at 5:30pm til at the 700 Club, 700 Burgundy,

More Fun for Kids

Of course no Easter would be complete without an Easter Egg Hunt. At the New Orleans Museum of Art on March 24th from 11 am to 1 there's A FABERGé EGG HUNT in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in New Orleans' City Park

The Crescent City Classic

On the day before Easter runners will leave from the French Quarter and run down beautiful Esplanade Avenue to City Park for the Crescent City Classic. There's a great party in the park after the CCC for the runners, the walkers, and for those who just love parties.

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