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Weekend Picks: Easter Parades, New Orleans Poetry Festival, and More

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

This weekend in New Orleans, grab your bunny ears and head out to celebrate Easter. For us that means parades, egg hunts, and the excuse to brunch all weekend long. If you don’t celebrate Easter, enjoy spoken word at New Orleans Poetry Festival, or hear from local and international creative leaders in a thought-provoking festival on Saturday. Happy spring, y’all!

The New Orleans Healing Center (Photo: Rebecca Todd)


New Orleans Poetry Festival – Returning to the New Orleans Healing Center is the 2019 New Orleans Poetry Festival this weekend from April 18-21. Enjoy four days of events including readings, workshops, panels, demonstrations, performances, and the small press book fair, showcasing dozens of independent publishers from New Orleans, the Gulf South, and beyond. While the small press fair at the Healing Center is free and open to the public, registration is required for panels, workshops, and other events (registration fee on Saturday includes lunch). For schedules, registration, and more information on the festival, see here.

IdeasCity comes to New Orleans this weekend. (Photo courtesy of IdeasCity)


IdeasCity New Orleans – IdeasCity, a collaborative and creative project developed by the New Museum in New York, comes to New Orleans this weekend. Enjoy this free event on Saturday, April 20 featuring conversations, prototypes, and demos by an array of acclaimed local and international cultural agents. Highlights of the festival include a keynote address by Black Thought in dialogue with Imani Perry, along with talks by dream hampton (producer of the Surviving R. Kelly documentary), Franklin Leonard, Gia Hamilton, and others. The programming will take place at the Bell Artspace in Tremé (2100 Ursulines Ave.).

Bunny Hops – Who said Easter egg hunts are just for kids? On Saturday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park at City Park, rediscover the kid within you at Bunny Hops. This event puts an adult twist on the classic egg hunt with open beer bars, wine concierge service, a bunny ears costume contest, and prizes inside the eggs including City Park event tickets, candy, and alcohol. Tickets are $30 and the event is 21+.

Bubbles Festival Tasting- Love bubbly? Then this tasting hosted by GrandKrewe is for you. Forty bottles of bubbly will be poured from all over the world and at a variety of price points. Tasty bites will be served by Jennifer Cole including: Spring pea cured mahon flatbread, asparagus with serrano ham, Spanish tortilla, smoked oyster salad gougeres, and strawberries with chocolate. Reserve a spot on line at GrandKrewe, or call the shop at 504 309-8309.  This event takes place at 511 Marigny. Tickets are $30 and are available for purchase at the door.

As you’re hunting for hidden eggs, check out the Chris Owen’s Easter Parade. (Photo: Sean Conners)


Easter Parades – Easter Sunday in New Orleans is celebrated with – you guessed it – parades. Three parades roll through the French Quarter on Easter Day beginning with the Historic French Quarter Easter Parade (9:45 a.m.), which parades to mass at St. Louis Cathedral, followed by the Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade (1 p.m.), culminating with the Gay Easter Parade (4:30 p.m.). They’re all extravagant, and all free.

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