Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Easter Weekend in New Orleans

Hi Friends! I just got back home after a whirlwind week in New Orleans and Disney. My husband and I went to NOLA with my in-laws for Easter and I went straight to Disney for the Capture the Bite workshop upon our return. More on that workshop to come!!
This marked our 11th trip to NOLA in the past 5 years and this was our first time spending a holiday there. We had no idea upon booking our trip that there would be so much activity in the city on Easter Weekend!
We kicked off Easter Weekend with a Jazz Brunch at The Court of Two Sisters in the French Quarter. They offer a Jazz Brunch 7 days a week which is a great option for those traveling to NOLA mid-week.
This was our second time attending a Jazz Brunch here and both times we truly enjoyed ourselves. The live Jazz and ambiance on the courtyard set for the perfect lazy New Orleans Saturday. Plus they have very good drinks!
The Brunch Buffet has a large variety of New Orleans staples and is $30 a person. That day we had a choice of shellfish (crawfish!), jambalaya, gumbo, prime rib, freshly made specialty omelets, red beans and rice plus so much more. Not to mention, their turtle soup is served without Sherry in it (it's on the side) which means those who are allergic to Sherry like yours truly can still enjoy a New Orleans favorite.
Following our Jazz Brunch, we headed to the Central Business District, where we experienced an Adult Easter Egg Hunt at The Cathoula Boutique Hotel. While we were unsuccessful of finding one of the 288 eggs hidden (the ones in the pic above were snagged before we could get them), we had a great time. We even saw Bunny Burlesque - I guess when in NOLA (a fun but odd experience to share mid-day with your in laws!)
On Easter Sunday, we began our morning watching The Historic French Quarter Easter Parade which consisted of of mule-drawn carriages and old convertibles making its way through the French Quarter, taking the participants to Easter Mass at St. Louis Cathedral. We saw some amazing bonnets for sure.
We then made our way over to Steamboat Natchez for their Easter Brunch Jazz on the Mississippi. It was a perfect relaxing Easter afternoon and I wouldn't have changed a thing.
Following Easter Brunch, we headed back to our AirBNB where we watched our second (but not last) parade of the day, Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade. I saw Lamas and were thrown a few full sized carrots (not joking).
It was fantastic being able to watch the parade from our balcony - the route went directly by our rented condo. I did get hit in the head with a giant bag of beads, giving me a nice black eye for a few days. I was more concerned with my beer spilling! Oops.
After adding a few new beads to our ever growing collection (thanks to the bag of 50 that hit me in the head), we headed over to the third parade of the day, The Gay Easter Parade. While I didn't see a Lama in this parade like Chris Owens, we definitely had a great time spectating.
We truly enjoyed walking around the quarter, seeing all the decorated houses. We've now seen houses made up for Christmas, Halloween and Easter in the big easy.
When we booked our trip to NOLA during Easter, we never thought our weekend would be full of festivities. We found ourselves looking to book Easter 2018 in New Orleans!

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