Insider's Look at Upcoming New Orleans Attractions - Spring 2017
New Orleans is the ultimate destination to beat the winter blues. While most cities tend to slow down after the holiday season, things start heating up in the Crescent City. From Mardi Gras to Easter, locals and visitors take to the streets for an endless array of parades, parties and pageantry.
Whether marveling at the floats on St. Charles Avenue, witnessing the arrival of Rex, King of Carnival, or parading in costume with the Saint Anne Society, there’s no shortage of Mardi Gras magic in New Orleans. The revelry has already started and will continue through the end of Fat Tuesday on February 28.
If you’re downtown, catch the parades as they roll by the back side of Windsor Court, and stop into the recently opened Café Anglais for coffee and a quick bite to eat. Or stay a while, and sip on cocktails and share some small plates at one of the hotel’s acclaimed bars, Cocktail Bar or Polo Club Lounge.
Mardi Gras isn’t the only time to enjoy parades in the Big Easy, so wait until March, and tap into the luck of the Irish during the annual St. Patrick’s Day parades and parties, which kickoff with the Molly’s at the Market Irish Parade in the French Quarter on March 10. One day later, the Irish Channel Parade rolls down the lower section of Magazine Street as tuxedo-clad marchers and riders toss green beads, doubloons and paper flowers to the crowds.
The Irish influence and history in New Orleans runs deep, and it’s all on display during the annual block parties in the Irish Channel neighborhood on March 11 and 17. Other notable St. Paddy’s events include the Downtown Irish Club Parade on March 17 and the Italian-American St. Joseph’s Parade on March 18.
You should also consider scheduling your visit on Easter weekend, April 14-16.
Start your Easter Sunday with the Historic French Quarter Parade, which departs Antoine’s Restaurant and makes its way through the Vieux Carre to St. Louis Cathedral for Mass. Later that day, catch the Chris Owens Parade, which starts at the corner of Canal and Bourbon Streets, or the family-friendly Gay Easter Parade, put on by the city’s LGBT community. Plus, there are plenty of kid-friendly activities all weekend, including a few Easter egg hunts!
Whether it’s a four-course feast for brunch in The Grill Room, or a traditional afternoon tea in Le Salon, spring at Windsor Court is sure to be an unforgettable experience, so book your reservations early to guarantee your seats.
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