New Orleans is no stranger to revelry; it doesn’t have to be Mardi Gras for you to have some fun in the city. As winter winds down and the weather warms up, Easter is one of many causes for celebration—between the return of spring and the city’s deep Catholic roots, why not start a party? New Orleans observes Easter in its own unique ways, and if you’re going to be in the area for the holiday, check out how you can take part.

Parades

New Orleans hosts a variety of parades year-round, and Easter is no exception. There are three you can catch throughout the day, all of which roll through the historic French Quarter. Whether you catch the Historic French Quarter Easter Parade on Bourbon, the Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade on Canal Street, or the Gay Easter Parade on Royal, you’re sure to experience some of the city’s trademark joie de vivre.

Big Easy Eats

With its distinctive and world-renowned cuisine, you can also partake in Easter meals you won’t find anywhere else. Easter cakes are a popular choice, as are the brunches served up in restaurants across the city. However, if you’re in the mood for seafood despite the end of Lent, you’ll discover plenty of crawfish boils for the occasion. You don’t have to be a die-hard foodie to sample some of the city’s best selections.

Family Fun

If you’re looking for family-friendly events after Easter mass, New Orleans won’t disappoint. Check out the egg hunts at the New Orleans Museum of Art and City Park: hop on the paddle wheeler Creole Queen to meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy other exciting activities. No matter where you end up, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Needless to say, Easter is as lively a time as any in New Orleans. Whether you want to join the festivities or experience the city at any time of year, Joieful offers multiple types of tours for getting around and seeing the sights. Let locals guide you! Purchase your experience today.

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