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FestiGals returns to New Orleans June 22-24 

The empowerment event includes a parade led by Robin Barnes

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FestiGals, a weekend of celebrations, empowerment for women and fundraising for issues that affect them, includes the Bodacious Bras for a Cause brunch and auction (9:30 a.m. Saturday) of bras made into works of art to raise money for breast cancer organizations. The Stiletto Stroll (7 p.m. Saturday) is a walking parade through the French Quarter led by local singer and FestiGals Grand Diva Robin Barnes (pictured) with marching bands and krewes raising money for the New Orleans Family Justice Center. Friday is the New Orleans Women's Leadership Conference, a program of talks, workshops and events addressing topics including negotiating, women-owned businesses, fitness, shopping, burlesque and cuisine. Speakers include Linda Alvarado, who heads a Denver construction firm and co-owns the Colorado Rockies major league baseball team, and actress Zoe McLellan, former star of NCIS: New Orleans. Admission varies.

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