The grandeur of Easter celebrations in New Orleans lies in its' three fantastic parades - the Chris Owens Easter Parade, the S.t Charles Avenue Easter Parade and the New Orleans Gay Parade. The most popular is the Chris Owens Easter Parade which is actually the Historic French Quarter Parade initiated by long, long back by the daughter of Count Arnaud. Every year, the parade stars at approximately 10:30 a.m. from Arnaud's Restaurant and ends at Royal Street covering Bienville Street, Dauphine Street, Iberville Street, Bourbon Street and Toulouse Street. Participants usually stroll in Jackson Square, proceed to attend the Mass at St. Louis Cathedral at 11 a.m. and then retreat to Arnaud's. Women in beautiful dresses and bonnets toss candy and plush toys as they make their way to the Cathedral. Decorated floats, splendid carriages and convertibles are the highlight of this parade.
Headed by the Easter Bunny, the famed St. Charles Avenue Easter Parade begins and ends at Delmonico's after a trip around Lee Circle and down Cadiz Street.
The conservative New Orleans Gay Easter Parade is also a highly popular event and is attended by teeming thousands. The occasion begins in the 800 block of North Rampart Street at 4:30 p.m. and ends at the meeting point of Burgundy and Orleans.