Gay Easter Parade 2018

When Apr 1, 2018 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

The Gay Easter Parade is back for its 19th year.


11 am – Festivities start in the Quarter

1 pm – Chris Owens Parade

4:30 pm – Gay Easter Parade

Here is a little history on the event:

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.

Hop on over to the gayest parade ever.

The Gay Easter Parade (map below) 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!

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.”