2018 Guide to Easter Events In and Around New Orleans

Easter is such a fun time in New Orleans. The weather is gorgeous and there are plenty of fun things to do with the family. We have put together a list of all the Easter events in and around the New Orleans metropolitan area that we could find, so get those cute Easter outfits ready for the kiddos and let’s do this!

Easter eventsEaster Egg Hunts

Longue Vue Easter Egg Hunt :: Hop on over to Longue Vue House and Gardens (with your Easter basket) on March 24, 2018 for a morning of egg hunting, face-painting, lawn games, plant sales, and more! There are two hunts to choose from. The morning egg hunt is from 9:30-10:30 am. The egg hunt starts at 10:00. The afternoon egg hunt is from 12:30-1:30pm. The egg hunt starts at 1:00pm. Members $10; Non-Members $12. Children 2 and under are free at both hunts. Pre-registration to either hunt is required. You must bring e-receipt to check-in at the gate.

Angels Grove Easter Eggstravaganza :: Angels Grove Ranch will have a plethora of things to do at its Easter Eggstravaganza held on March 31, 2018 from 10-2pm. Activities include an Easter egg hunt with over 1000 eggs, horseback riding, pictures with cute bunnies, a petting zoo, a hay ride, crafts and games. Angels Grove Ranch is a nonprofit horse rescue located in Bush, Louisiana. $5 for entry and tickets are available to purchase for activities and concessions.

The New Canal Lighthouse Alligator Egg Hunt :: On March 3, 2018 from 1-4pm, Thinkerella and the New Canal Lighthouse will be hosting their very first Alligator Easter Egg hunt. Some Easter eggs will be filled with special surprises! Thinkerella will have Louisiana themed experiments and art. There will also be shopping, food and an alligator bunny! All tickets include a science lab coat and a free admission tour of the lighthouse. You can purchase VIP tickets that come with swag bags, early entry and special surprises. $20 for children ($28 VIP child’s ticket), $5 for adult ($12 VIP adult’s ticket).

City Park Egg Scramble :: This popular Easter egg hunt will take place on March 24th, 2018 and March 25, 2018 from 9-12:00pm. There will be music, face painting, a balloon artist and of course, the Easter Bunny. There will be over 36,000 eggs for your kids to find and 100 special golden eggs containing tickets to City Park attractions. Easter baskets will be provided for the kids.  Storyland will be designated for toddlers only until the egg hunt is completed. At 10:30, the rides in Carousel Gardens will open for your kids to enjoy.$10/person General Admission or $5/person Friends of City Park. Babies under 1 year old will be admitted free. Tickets can be scanned from your phone.

NOMA Egg Hunt and Family Festival 2018 :: Join NOMA on March 24, 2018 from 10-1pm, for their annual Easter egg hunt. There will be art activities, separate bounce houses for kids and toddlers, music, face painting, hula hooping, a juggler/magician and a petting zoo. $10/NOMA Member (Adults and Children), $12/Non-Member (Adults and Children), $15 (NOMA Member and Non-Member, Day of Event).

Cabrini Alumnae Easter Egg Hunt :: This Easter egg hunt for Cabrini Alumnae will be held on March 24, 2018 from 12-2pm at Cabrini High School. There will be activities for adults and children and the event is free.

Easter Extravaganza:: First Baptist Church of Ponchatoula is hosting a fun Easter event on March 31, 2018 from 9-11am. There will be an Easter egg hunt at 9:30; bounce houses, face painting, live music, a petting zoo and an Easter story. This is a free event for kids ages 0-12.

“>Bitty Bunny Bash::Join Bayou Country Children’s Museum in Thibodaux, LA for balloon art, themed crafts and an Easter egg hunt on March 29th, 2018 from 11-2pm. There will be games, story time and pictures with the Easter Bunny as well! For more information call 985-446-2200.

Easter Parades

Historic French Quarter Easter Parade :: This historic Easter Sunday parade begins at Antoine’s Restaurant at 9:45 a.m. and ends at the St. Louis Cathedral just in time for 11:00 a.m. mass. There will be mule drawn carriages and old convertibles parading through the French Quarter. Easter bunnies and various trinkets will be handed to the kids.

35th Annual Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade :: On Easter Sunday at 1:00pm, this wonderful parade will begin at the corner of St. Louis and Royal, continue down Royal Street to Canal Street to St. Phillip Street and conclude at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel. The parade will consist of marching bands, and colorful floats with riders throwing Easter trinkets. After the parade, you can enjoy a champagne brunch at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel.

The 19th Annual Gay Easter Parade:: This parade is put on by the city’s LGBT community and takes place on Easter Sunday at 4:30.  The parade consists of 29 carriages, wagons and trolleys, 7 convertibles, 2 bands, and 11 walking groups. Paraders will be wearing their Easter Sunday finest! Parade goers can expect to catch a lot of beads and throws. This parade has raised over $22,000 for Food for Friends, an important program of the NO/AIDS Task Force.

Easter Brunches / Teas / Parties

Easter Bunny’s Arrival Celebration :: Stop by Lakeside Shopping Center on March 3rd, 2018 to welcome the Easter Bunny with a second-line Parade at 9:45 am. There will be fun activities for the kids, a balloon artist, strolling characters and more from 10:00am-12:00pm. You will also be able to take a family photo with the Easter Bunny. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Brunch with the Easter Bunny :: This pancake brunch is held at the East Jefferson YMCA in Metairie on March 18, 2018 from 1:00pm-2:30pm. $1/members, $5/non-members.

Bravo! Breakfast with the Easter Bunny: This 7th annual event takes place on March 24th from 8:30am-10:30am at Bravo! located at 3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie. Come eat at Bravo! and have your child’s picture taken with the Easter bunny. Bravo! will have a balloon artist on site and a coloring contest where the winning boy and girl will each get an Easter basket. Part of the proceeds will go to the March of Dimes.

Hoppin’ Down the River Easter Cruise :: Hop down the river on the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen with Bourgeois the Bunny on March 24, 2018. There will be a lunch buffet with yummy options for adults and children. An alligator from the Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour will be there for you to take pictures with.  Boarding times are: 10:00-10:20 am (with a cruising time of 10:30) and 1:30-2:00 pm (with a cruising time of 12:00 pm). Adults/$59 Children (3-12) /$39 Children (0-2)/$10

Ponchatoula Easter Bonnet Stroll :: Held every year on the Saturday before Easter, the Ponchatoula Easter Bonnet Stroll is a family fun event that encourages creativity! Let your creative juices glow and decorate your Easter bonnet however you wish then head on down to downtown Ponchatoula to join the stroll at 9:30 on Saturday, March 31st. Prizes are awarded to the most creative bonnets.

Easter Bunny Tea at Portobello’s Grill (Plaquemine, LA) :: On March 31, 2018, the Easter Bunny Tea will take place at Portobello’s Grill. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance to take pictures. Each child will be able to create a hand cloth bunny and can decorate a cupcake to go. The tea will include fruit, chicken focaccia sandwiches, Jag salad, fire grilled chicken, creamed spinach with crostini, bread pudding and of course, tea. The event lasts from 2:00-3:30pm and it costs $20/ticket.

Easter Eggstravaganza :: Stop by the Covenant Church in Destrehan on March 31, 2018 from 10:30-11:30am for face painting, an egg hunt and fun games. This event is for kids ages 2-12.

Trinity :: Trinity Restaurant is offering Easter brunch on Easter Sunday. 3 courses for $29. Bottomless mimosas for $14. The restaurant is located at 1117 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116. You can make reservations on www.opentable.com.

Toups South @ The Southern Food & Beverage Museum::  Toups will hop into Spring with a spectacular Easter Brunch, priced at $45 per person (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). Available Sunday, April 1st from 10AM – 3PM, four-course menu options are as follows: Amuse Deviled Egg “Caviar Service” & Georgia Caviar First SHRIMP ROLL (yuzu dressing, brioche, chervil) or WARM SPINACH SALAD (chopped egg, bacon, pickled red onion, ham hock vinaigrette) Second SHORT RIB POUTINE (frites, cheese curds, sunny-side up egg) or CRAB FLORENTINE (spinach, saffron, poached eggs) Dessert VANILLA PANNA COTTA (strawberry granita) or CHOCOLATE CAKE (Luxardo cherry sauce)

For the table, guests are encouraged to order the Waffle with honey butter and cane syrup and Sourdough Biscuits with crab fat butter. Both items will be offered at an additional cost. Beverage Director Bryson Downham’s brunchy handcrafted cocktails like the savory Flip – Bloody Mary Mix, whole egg and Pimm’s, and the Cobbler – sherry, lemon gin and orange bitters, will also be available for purchase. Toups South is located inside of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum at 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in New Orleans. The restaurant serves Sunday brunch from 10AM–3PM. www.toupssouth.com

Did your favorite Easter event make the list? If not, let us know and we’ll add it!

7 Responses to 2018 Guide to Easter Events In and Around New Orleans

  1. Asha Isaacs February 25, 2018 at 8:42 pm #

    City Church’s Spring Festival and Helicopter Egg Drop

  2. Kristen March 16, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

    Does anyone know the exact route that they take for the Historic New Orleans Easter Parade? The one that starts at Antoine’s. We are going to be visiting from NC, and trying to figure out how to do church and a parade.

  3. TJ March 29, 2018 at 11:50 am #

    Why isn’t the gay easter parade included in this list?

    • Simone March 29, 2018 at 12:40 pm #

      Good catch – It’s there now!

  4. Miamor Santiago March 31, 2018 at 8:25 am #

    Thanks for the information. We are visiting from NC and I was looking for this.

    • Simone March 31, 2018 at 4:35 pm #

      We are so thrilled that this was helpful to you.

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