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For An Unforgettable Gay Easter Weekend, Do This

In New Orleans, Easter Weekend is anything but boring.

The Chris Owens Easter Parade. (Photo: Sean Connors)

Easter Weekend in New Orleans is like stepping into a wonderland. Seriously, the weather is perfect. There are gorgeous men in perfectly tailored seersucker suits stepping out in style. Bright colors abound, and the city smells of sweet olive, wild rose and yellow jasmine. Not to mention what’s happening inside the city: a cornucopia of parades, brunches, drag shows, music, and more with some of the most fun people you will ever meet.

TODAY ONLY! To make your Easter weekend even more of a hopping good time, we’ve decided to play Easter Bunny! Yes, that’s right. We’re going to be placing 6 giant purple eggs on Easter morning around the French Quarter. Inside each egg is an amazing prize, like a 2 night luxury hotel stay, dinner for four, bar tabs, and more! So put “adulting” on-hold this Easter. Click here for the clues! Happy hunting, you cute cottontails!

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in a carriage at the Gay Easter Parade. (Photo courtesy of Ambush Magazine)

New orleans GAY EASTER WEEKEND

Friday, April 14

Check out the cotton tails on these bunnies:

Experience food, an open wine, beer and vodka bar, a great auction, lots of entertainment – and of course, the fabulous Bunny Boys at the 8th Annual Bunnies in the Big Easy event at the House of Blues Music Hall. Tickets are $35 but the memories and the eye candy are priceless. 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 15

A brunch we won’t have to drag you to…

From incredible Bloody Marys to mimosas and food that will leave you wishing you’d worn your comfy pants, The Country Club’s Drag Brunch is something you can’t miss. Remember to book a reservation early because tables fill up as fast as the tasty beverages their bartenders pour. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Chris Owen’s Easter Parade is a hopping good time for all. (Photo: Sean Conners)

Sunday, April 16

All the glitz and glamour of Easter:

Back in the early 80’s, Chris Owens, renowned French Quarter singer and all around femme fatale started the French Quarter Easter Parade. Since then, this parade has taken off. Starting on the corner of Canal and Bourbon streets, the parade makes its way through the French Quarter past the Chris Owens Club at 500 Bourbon. You’ll see fantastic floats and incredible costumes, not to mention some of the city’s most famous bands and dance troupes. 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Follow the Gay Easter Parade. (Map courtesy Ambush Magazine.)

Hop on over to the gayest parade ever. 

The Gay Easter Parade (map left) takes a slow stroll through the French Quarter passing every gay bar and many gay-owned restaurants and shops along the way. There are carriages, convertibles, walking groups, amazing costumes and plenty of drag! 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Put on your prettiest Easter hat. 

Every year, Good Friends, a neighborhood bar on the corner of Dauphine and St. Ann streets, puts on an Easter Bonnet Contest that anyone can join in. So grab a hat, a hot glue gun, and some glittery bling and create a hat that could win you some fun swag. And don’t be shy about your creation — some of the hats can be pretty over-the-top. The crowd votes for the winners, and don’t be surprised if you happen to hear an impromptu rendition of Irving Berlin’s classic song, “Easter Parade.” 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

GAY EASTER BRUNCH & MUNCH

You don’t have to travel over the rainbow to get something good to eat for Easter Brunch.

Now, if you’re like all of us here at GoNOLA, brunch is a way of life – especially on Easter. So for those of you visiting, check out these delicious places to get your grub on. Tip: Call ahead or make a reservation… you don’t want it to be Mother’s Day before you get seated.

  1. Horn’s has a great bunch. Not to mention, it’s in the Bywater and within walking distance of a lot of cool places to get your stroll on.
  2. If you love cupcakes, bagels, and eggs every which way, you have to go to Cake Cafe. Whenever friends come to visit, we always try to make a special trip here.
  3. Atchafalaya is located in Uptown off Louisiana Avenue in an orange house you can’t miss. Their Bloody Marys alone are enough to make us want to beeline it over to this bunch spot. 
  4. Looking for more relaxed environment with good food that will leave you too full to walk, check out the Ruby Slipper
  5. Located off St. Claud Avenue, the Cheezy Cajun is a new addition to our list of must-eat brunch spots.

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