easter in new orleans: eat pray play

Easter is the first major family holiday of the new year and its celebrated differently all over the world. In Scotland, families roll decorated eggs down hillsides to symbolize rolling the rock away from the tomb. In Sweden, children dress as Easter witches and exchange letters and cards for eggs and sweets.

What? You’re kids don’t exchange letters and cards for eggs? Here are some more things you may not know about Easter.

In our family, we start the day with an early morning church service followed by family brunch or a picnic in the park. And Easter wouldn’t be the same without dying eggs with my holiday-enthused mother.

What are some of your Easter family traditions?

Here are a few things and events going on in the Big Easy this Easter to help you say hello to spring and bid farewell to Lent.

EAT.

Easter brunch is a great way to celebrate with loved ones, and there are plenty of places to choose from. Here are some of our favorites that are great for kids and moderately priced. For a full list of Easter Brunch spots, visit www.nomenu.com.

The Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group has some great family and kid friendly Easter Brunches planned.

The Audubon Institute Clubhouse Cafe has reservations for seatings at 10 am, 12:15pm, and 2:30pm. The prices range from $34.95 for adults, $13.95 for kids 6-12, and kids under six are $6.95.

The New Orleans Country Club is hosting a brunch beginning at 11am until 3pm, which includes pictures with the Easter Bunny, and egg hunt and egg races. Prices for adults are $33.25 and kids are $13.50.

PRAY.

The St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square is a popular choice for any holiday mass. Another great option is the historical landmark of Old St. Patrick’s Church located at 724 Camp Street.

PLAY.

Saturday —  The Garden Gates on Metairie Road will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt at 9am with over 10,000 hidden eggs and a special visit from the Easter Bunny. The event is free and open to the public. Tip: Get there early… early.

Saturday — Bring back your own childhood memories and make some new ones with an old school showing of Here Comes Peter Cottontail, which will play at The Prytania at 9:30am. Love this!

Sunday — A New Orleans holiday just isn’t a holiday without a parade! The iconic Chris Owens will host her annual French Quarter Easter Parade beginning at 1pm on Sunday. Hats and bonnets are encouraged!

Sunday — City Park will host its annual City Park Easter Egg Hunt at the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. Gates open at 8am, the hunt begins at 10am, and tickets are $3. Each child is allowed to take home 12 eggs, all containing mini prizes.There will also be face painting, and pictures with the Easter Bunny, but you must bring your own camera.

If you’re thinking about hosting your own Easter Egg Hunt, check out these great tips:

  • Odd or Even: Eggs are marked with odd or even numbers. Kids are assigned to search for either odd or even eggs. The first two people to get the most eggs for odd and even win!
  • Designated Color: Each child is designated a specific color of an egg they need to hunt for. Make sure there is the same amount of eggs for each color. The first to get all of their eggs, wins.
  • Reverse: Have kids hide one egg each around the house. Parents must go and find the hidden eggs. The prize goes to the kid whose egg was found last.

For more Easter trends, crafts, and pinspiration, be sure to check out our pinterest page.

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Written by Dominique McConduit

Nola-bred, pre-med grad gone fashion and DIY obsessed. Newly married and childless so, of course, I’m working for a parenting blog.

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