Historic French Quarter Easter Parade

Historic French Quarter Easter Parade
The French Quarter of New Orleans is a perfect place to celebrate Easter because it hosts not one, but three colorful Easter parades. The celebration begins at around 9.30 a.m. with the Historic French Quarter Easter Parade, followed by the Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade and the Gay Easter Parade.

The French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré (“Old Square”), is the oldest part of New Orleans. The city of New Orleans developed around the Vieux Carré that used to be the central square. Today, the neighborhood is known for its numerous restaurants and hotels, as well as for colorful annual celebrations such as Mardi Gras parades and Easter parades.

The Historic French Quarter Easter Parade is the oldest of the free Easter parades in the Vieux Carré. It has been held every year for over six decades. This is a kid-friendly event featuring ladies in Ester bonnets in mule-drawn carriages and vintage convertibles, passing out candy, stuffed bunnies and other trinkets.

The parade starts at Antoine’s Restaurant, located at 713 St. Louis Street, at 9.30–9.45 a.m. It stops for 11 a.m. Easter Mass at St. Louis Cathedral, then promenades down through Jackson Square, continues through the French Quarter and returns to Antoine’s Restaurant. Following the parade, awards are presented for the best Easter basket, Easter bonnet and overall Easter attire. The event finishes with a luncheon at Antoine’s.

By the way, Antoine’s Restaurant is one of the French Quarter’s signature establishments. Founded in 1840 by Antoine Alicatore, it has been owned and managed by the Alicatore family ever since, which makes it one of the oldest family-run restaurants in the United States. The restaurant specializes in Louisiana Creole cuisine, it is famous for being the birthplace of several Southern staples such as Oysters Rockefeller, Pompano en Papillote and Eggs Sardou.

The Historic French Quarter Easter Parade is quite a leisurely affair. If you like your parades more rambunctious, the Chris Owens Parade and the Gay Parade are just right for you. New Orleans has something to offer to everyone on Easter Sunday!

Historic French Quarter Easter Parade

Photo: Charles London




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