Friday, April 10, 2009

New Orleans Easter parade schedule

Posted By on Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 4:56 PM

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While most cities would be lucky to have just one bonnet-and-egg extravaganza roaming through the streets on Easter Sunday, New Orleans (as is its wont) will stage four Easter parades ... something for every time and taste.

Here's the schedule:

Historic French Quarter Easter Parade, 9:45 am, 800 block of Bienville St.

This is the traditional promenade began decades ago by Germaine Wells. It leaves Arnaud's Restaurant at 10:30 a.m. for Jackson Square, and then rolls again after Mass lets out at St. Louis Cathedral at 11 a.m. The route takes it around the Upper Quarter, ending up back at Arnaud's around lunchtime.

Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade, 1 p.m., Canal and Bourbon Sts.

Bourbon Street's salsa queen begins her annual parade at the Astor Crowne Plaza and rides around the Quarter, ending up back at the hotel.

Easter on the Avenue, 12:15 p.m., 2220 St. Charles Ave.

The Garden District's Easter parade begins at House of Broel right at lunchtime, going up and down the Avenue and ending at the Cricket Club.

New Orleans Gay Easter Parade, 4:30 p.m., Armstrong Park

Now in its 10th year of parading, the gay community's promenade begins on N. Rampart St. and winds its way through the Vieux Carré, ending up at Orleans and Burgundy.

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