Insider’s Look at Upcoming New Orleans Attractions This Spring
Crescent City Calendar: Easter Parades, NOLA Navy Week and a Star-Studded Jazz Fest
Easter may fall on April Fool’s Day this year, but it’s no joke that New Orleans should be your number one destination for an Easter weekend getaway, March 30-April 1. Kid-friendly activities, Easter egg hunts, a historic French Quarter parade and the legendary LGBTQ-friendly Chris Owens Parade ensure that there is no shortage of activities throughout the weekend.
What better way to start a fun-filled weekend than with a festive brunch? The Grill Room at Windsor Court has options for everyone, including a prix fixe, four-course Easter Brunch on Sunday, complete with Turtle and Alligator Sausage Gumbo, Southern Eggs Benedict, and Duck Confit Blini.>
If you would rather spend all day Sunday at the parades, then opt for Saturday’s Jazz Brunch. At this year-round favorite, you can build your own mimosas at our Bubble Bar, and then round out your meal with shared, small or large plates, including options like Chicken and Waffles, a Brunch Burger or Gulf Fish Almondine.
April 19-25, celebrate the city’s Tricentennial during NOLA Navy Week and the Tall Ships of America, a unique opportunity to climb aboard three of the U.S. Navy’s active ships, including the famed USS Cole, as well as ships from the Royal Canadian Navy and the British Royal Navy. In addition to the military vessels, a fleet of tall sailing ships from the 1800s will also be docked and available for public visitation. Musical concerts, a seafood cookoff and Navy Week Gala at the World War II Museum add additional splash the nautically-themed week of family-friendly fun.
Once the ships have sailed, stick around the Crescent City and be a part of musical history during the annual Jazz & Heritage Festival, April 27-May 6. With multiple stages and an eclectic, all-star lineup of headliners like Aretha Franklin, Beck, David Byrne, Sting, Bonnie Raitt and LL Cool J, this 10-day cultural feast attracts more than 400,000 people each year. Hotels throughout the city fill up fast, so schedule your vacation now to beat the last-minute rush.