Three processions pass through the French Quarter on Sunday for the annual Easter celebration, with something for everyone in their Easter bonnets, with all the frills on them. the EASTER FRENCH QUARTER HISTORICAL PARADE criss-crosses the Vieux Carré at 9:45 a.m., taking off and returning to the Antoine restaurant on rue Saint-Louis and stopping at the Saint-Louis cathedral for the 11 a.m. mass. Check the route here. At 1 p.m., the CHRIS OWENS FRENCH QUARTER EASTER PARADE begins at the Omni Royal Orleans on Saint-Louis Street, driving through the neighborhood, with horse-drawn carriages, floats and honoring the memory of the late Bourbon Street artist, namesake of the competition. Take a closer look here. Later in the day, at 5:30 p.m., the official GAY EASTER PARADE begins at Louis Armstrong Park’s Armstrong Arch on Rampart Street, winds through the neighborhood with convertibles, walking groups, and ends at Burgundy and St. Peter Streets. Follow the procession here.
The shining star of the New Orleans road racing firmament takes flight on Saturday when the CLASSIC CITY CRESCENT leaves Caesar’s Superdome at 8am heading to City Park for the annual 10k event. The thousands of runners and walkers descend Poydras Street, take S. Peters and Decatur through the French Quarter, then up Esplanade Avenue for the park, ending at the festival grounds for the FANFEST. The festival is the conclusion with food, music and activities, as well as the awards ceremony. Before the race (Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) free admission HEALTH AND FITNESS FAIR at the Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Ave., offers the ability to register and obtain information on equipment, products, services and more. On your marks, get set, see you here!
Start the fun holiday weekend with RABBITS IN GREAT EASE, part of the fundraising aspect of the Gay Easter Parade that helps fund Food for Friends, a CrescentCare program that provides food, meals and personal care items to customers in the metropolitan area. The fun includes drinks, a raffle, entertainment, special performances and more. It all happens at the CrescentCare facility at 1631 Elysian Fields Ave. starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $45. Shop in Rabbits with a ticket here.
“Don’t Stop Believin'” you can’t get it “Any Way You Want It” Friday at 7 p.m. when JOURNEY take the stage at the Smoothie King Center for their “Freedom Tour 2022”, packing the arena with Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain and Arnel Pineda, blasting their special brand of harmonies and beats. And, TOTO, also! That’s right, the band that blessed the rains in “Africa” and “Rosana” is going to “Hold the Line” for quite a while. Tickets start at $49. “Hold on” for tickets here.
With over 16 million copies of his books in print, DAVID SEDARIS is quite the master of words. His book became a regular best-seller upon publication, his comedy albums garnered five Grammy nominations, and he and his sister, Amy, collaborated on a number of award-winning plays. The author, humorist and satirist brings his unique take on the universe Friday at 8 p.m. to the Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. Tickets start at $55. Get into the jokes here.
Westwego gets into the Easter spirit with a handset CRAFTS FAIR AND EASTER EGG HUNT Saturday at 10 a.m. at Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market, 484 Sala Ave. With live music, food trucks, craft vendors and a hunt, fun times are expected. And the rabbit will be present for photos with the kiddos from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Jump over to the West Rim for some fun here.
THE PARTY 50420 will bring sounds and more to Louis Armstrong Park, 7801 N. Rampart St., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the Louisiana Cannabis Coalition, featuring bands such as Omari Neville & The Fuel, Mark Stone, Joy Orleans and more . The Louisiana Cannabis Activist Awards will be presented, and there will be yoga and an afterparty. The event is free but a VIP option includes entry to three areas, a buffet and drink specials, plus messages and other special treats. VIP tickets are $100. Register and get tickets here.
Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, to host inaugural LGBTQ+ event HEALTH FAIR, by Decluttered Souls and co-sponsored by PFLAG New Orleans. The event kicks off Saturday at 11 a.m. with a panel of experts in the fields of physical, mental and emotional health. At 12:30 p.m., local organizations will provide resources including testing, vaccines, financial resources and more. The event is free but register here.
It’s yum on the run on Saturday at GRETNA FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL 5-9 p.m. at the Farmers Market Pavilion on Huey P. Long Avenue between Third and Fourth Streets. The Food Arts on Wheels confab will also feature ArtBus crafts and face painting for youngsters and over a dozen different options to eat. Whet your appetite here.
Take a tip from the Easter Bunny and head to City Park’s Carousel Gardens and Storyland amusement park at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for Bunny Hops, an adults-only brewski-bunny mashup that includes a selection of local, national and international beers to sample, food, ears for the first 800 (costumes encouraged but not required), and rides in all 18 different adventures, like the Ladybug Roller Coaster, Fun Slide and Coney Tower. Plus, there’s entertainment by the NOLA Bombshells, and sequestered on the grounds are 8,000 eggs ripe for the hunt, along with a host of prizes like shots of Jello, tickets to Brews & Boos (October) and Jingle. Bells & Beer (December), Chinese stuffed dragons, light-up necklaces and beer-themed gifts. Tickets are $35. Hop here for the details.