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Posted: Thursday, 17 April 2014 12:38PM

Weekend events April 18-20

Classic Cinema in the Garden April 18
New Orleans Museum of Art

NOMA's "Movies in the Garden" series continues with Singin’ in the Rain starrring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor. Before dinner, grab a bite from our food vendors and enjoy art activities and live music, all in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Movie begins at 7:45pm.

Crescent City Classic April 19
Champions Square to City Park

With top runners from throughout the world participating in previous years, the annual Cresent City Classic 10K has grown to become one of New Orleans' largest 10K races. All Crescent City Classic events are produced by the Cresent City Fitness Foundation, a not-for-profit entity whose sole purpose is to promote health, fitness, and a better lifestyle for the people of the New Orleans Metropolitan area. This year's Michelob Ultra RaceFest Live Music Entertainment will be Bonerama & Big Sam's Funky Nation! They play in New Orleans City Park at the end of the race.

New Orleans Earth Day Festival & Green Business Expo April 19
Louis Armstrong Park

The New Orleans Earth Day Festival & Green Business Expo presented by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade is unique.  It’s the only Earth Day Festival in Louisiana not sponsored by an oil company!  It’s also the only event in the area focused exclusively on engaging the local community, environmental organizations and businesses around environmental sustainability. Entertainment this year includes Stooges Brass Band, Chegadao, Treme Brass Band and a special appearance from General Russel Honore and the GreenARMY. Festival hours 10:00am to 7:30pm.

Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade April 20
French Quarter

French Quarter Easter Parade, LLC proudly presents the 31st Annual Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. The celebration starts at the Astor Crowne Hotel Ballroom at 11:00 a.m. with a Continental Breakfast, Hat Contest Silent Auction, and Entertainment. Riders will then hop on the floats at 1:00 p.m. and ride through the heart of the historic French Quarter. The parade will begin at the corner of Canal and Bourbon Streets, continue down Bourbon Street. to St. Phillip Street, roll up to Decatur Street and conclude on Canal Street at the Astor Crowne Hotel. Following the parade, revelers can enjoy a Champagne Brunch and dancing. The parade will be complete with colorful floats, marching bands, beads, Easter trinkets, and plenty of eager revelers. As the Grand Duchess of the Easter Parade, Chris Owens will be dressed in her personally designed Easter ensemble, complimented by her beautiful and exotic Easter bonnet. The Duchess leads the annual Easter Parade with family and friends, who will also be dressed in their best Easter attire.

Historic French Quarter Easter Parade April 20
French Quarter
The Historic French Quarter Easter Parade begins at 9:45 a.m at Antoine's Restaurant  It ends at St. Louis Cathedral for 11:00 a.m. Mass. The parade, consisting largely of mule-drawn carriages and old convertibles, makes its leisurely, roundabout way through the French Quarter, handing out stuffed Easter bunnies to the kids, along with other trinkets. Following Mass, participants in the parade promenade to Jackson Square opposite the Cathedral to show off their Easter bonnets and other finery before returning to Antoine’s. Awards are given out for the best Easter bonnets, Easter baskets and overall Easter attire.

Gay Easter Parade April 20
French Quarter

The 15th Gay Easter Parade rolls through the streets of the French Quarter on Easter Sunday, April 20th beginning at 4:30pm sharp. Led by Easter Grand Marshals XV Todd Blauvelt and Stuart Nettles, the Pre-Parade Party and checkin is at GrandPre's, 834 N. Rampart from 3-4pm. Please see Parade Lineup Chair Steve Patrick inside the door on the right side for your line-up ticket in the parade. The parade entry deadline was April 1st, so the parade is now closed to any further entries. Carriages, wagons and trolleys are followed by vehicles. Carriages, wagons and trolleys are set to arrive at 3:45pm lining up on the Armstrong Park side from St. Ann back towards Esplanade. All carriages, wagons and trolleys must be boarded between 4-4:30pm. Walking groups and vehicles also must be in correct order for departure. The parade leaves promptly at 4:30pm. 

Photo courtesty French Quarter Easter Parade

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